My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Washington
My husband is going to go to mediation at the end of this month and we are having some doubts on what to say. We know the standard "don't be rude, let the other parent talk, be polite" its what he wants as visitation and how to word it.
Right now my husband has "temporary physical custody pending outcome of mediation" from what we have been told that will help him keep primary custody. He wants to ask for joint legal but wants "primary physical custody with reasonable visitation to the mother."
Here's the problem. We have been told that mediation is basically haggling only more polite. He doesn't mind giving the mother the weekends but nothing more than that because every time we get him back after three days we have to fight the child to dress himself(she does it for him and he's five perfectly capable of doing it himself) and other problems. Anyway, if it is supposed to be like haggling should my husband ask for every other weekend and "compromise" to every weekend or should he just say she can have every weekend and see what happens, my husband has expressed extreme concern of his child being with her for extended periods of time because she tries to keep the child in a constant two year old state and he will start kinder-garden in Sept. and we are attempting to teach him more independence which is pretty much undermined every weekend but he child is learning.
Any information that you can give would be helpful, thank you.