Mediation has become very common in trying to resolve domestic relations disputes (divorce, child custody, visitation), and is often ordered by the judge in the Family Court. A mediator is a skilled independent facilitator that intervenes between parties or in a dispute in order to bring about agreement and resolution.
Co-Mediation is the harmonious working of complimentary mediators who offer a diversity of skills, experience, and personality. There may be situations where co-mediation may be more helpful then using one mediator.
A guardian is appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of minor children or incompetent adults in legal actions. In South Carolina, a Guardian ad Litem is most likely appointed in the Family Court when there is high conflict between the parties.
Supervised visitation allows parents in high conflict or high risk situations access to their children in a safe and supervised environment. The noncustodial parent has access to the child only when supervised by the designated adult.
Supervision can also be therapeutic. This entails a higher skill set as the parent may need active guidance and re-direction.
The psycho-social Home Study can be a tool used in both Family and Criminal cases to give the Judge a clearer picture of a person’s family, home, resources, and support network. This is an in-depth report that requires home visits and interviewing many people.