Dispute Resolution and Mediation
Separated, or separating, parents must first try to reach agreement between themselves about the care of their children. If an agreement cannot be made on their own, the court requires parents to take part in Mediation proceeding by a court appointed mediator.
At the time of mediation the parents are assisted by a mediator for peacefully negotiating the division of parenting custody (which also include resolving matters regarding property division, paying for the child’s expenses, medical insurance, future expenses on education marriage etc).
If you reach an agreement in the mediation you can then make a record of your agreement in a Mediation agreement.
If mediation fails the Family Court decides custody based upon the principal of “best interest of the child”.