A divorce can take many forms. From a contentious, emotionally charged process to the two parties genuinely working together to find a mutually beneficial compromise, numerous factors can influence how the process unfolds. Divorce mediation, however, favors the latter example as the divorcing couple works together to resolve scenarios such as property division, parenting time and support.
Mediation offers several benefits for a divorcing couple. From a low-conflict environment, to the presence of a neutral third-party facilitator, the mediation process is designed to foster communication, honesty and collaboration. One benefit that can’t be overstated is the profoundly positive effect mediation has on the children of divorce.
Divorce can make it difficult for a child. They might internalize the divorce itself or externalize their feelings of anger or resentment. Going from one household to two and being restricted in the amount of time spent with the parents can be a jarring experience for even the most well-adjusted children. Fortunately, through mediation, these factors can be identified and addressed as a group.
In general, an experienced mediator can help couples move past any adversarial feelings and instruct couples on how the divorce could impact those around them. By identifying issues in the present, parents can avoid a destructive effect in the future. Determining a fair parenting schedule, for example, is paramount and the mediator will work to keep the spirit of the negotiation positive. By focusing solely on what would be best for the children, divorcing parents can set aside any personal animosity or long-standing emotional disputes.
Overall, the goal of mediation is to provide the parents with a fair agreement that they had a direct stake in creating. They are more likely to take responsibility for the success of the outcome as they had a hand in negotiating the agreement.