As divorcing parents, you want your children to experience the least amount of stress and anxiety as they move to the next stage of their lives.
Consequently, many couples choose mediation over litigation. The focus on communication is one-way mediation can help children adjust to the new family order.
Divorce mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution or ADR. It is a process that takes place in more relaxed surroundings outside of court. Mediation is private whereas a divorce proceeding in court is public and open to scrutiny. Litigation is lengthy, expensive and often contentious. It is also difficult for children to endure since they are extremely sensitive to conflict. Mediation, on the other hand, is a civil, respectful divorce option that provides couples with the ability to control the outcome. It is normally less expensive and time-consuming than litigation and not as emotionally trying for children as an adversarial courtroom proceeding.
Teamwork and communication
As parents, you worked as a team in raising your children. You can carry that ability into mediation. A trained mediator will provide guidance during sessions based on cooperation and open communication. In harmony with your divorce agreement, the two of you can create a parenting plan that acts as a parental roadmap for the future and helps you address the needs of your children.
A look ahead
Your ability to solve problems during mediation will set a good example for the children. You will likely find that your ability to communicate will see future benefits. Open communication will be key in maintaining relationships with your children and in building a different but still solid family structure in a post-divorce world.