Child custody is an important aspect of divorce. For many couples, it is the most important aspect of the divorce. This is especially the case when there is a party who has acted abusively to the children or who is unfit to be a parent in some other way. Even when issues such as these do not arise in child custody cases, the fighting can be quite bitter. In many of these cases, a judge’s intervention is required to come to some sort of resolution. In some cases, though, couples can benefit from working out their issues in mediation.