Divorce meditation can be a relatively quick and budget friendly option for separating couples, but what about when there are children involved?
Divorce cases are always more complex when there are children to consider. Mediation brings both parents together in an informal setting and works to define the rights and responsibilities of each person. Together the parties outline a “parenting plan” to ensure the children will be raised in the best and healthiest way possible. An experienced mediator understands the difficulties of divorce with children and can offer practical information and guidance on topics ranging from living situations to college savings accounts.
The purpose of Divorce mediation is not to award custody to one parent and label the other a “visitor” but rather to restructure the family dynamic in a way that benefits all parties -including the children.
The stress and emotional impact of divorce on children can be reduced through mediation. Instead of children having a sense of “losing” one parent, they will see their parents demonstrating concern for the well-being of the entire family by coming together to make decisions.
Parents working together in mediation usually reach an agreement on their parent plan and the communication tools they learn continue to benefit them as co-parents after mediation is over.
However, when an agreement regarding the children becomes too difficult for parents to reach, the mediator can introduce a child specialist or child custody specialist to help resolve the more challenging issues.
The process of mediation also recognizes that circumstances within families can change over time. The hope is that parents will continue to work together to resolve new issues as they arise and modify their original agreement as necessary without ever having to go to court.