Any type of divorce can bring a great deal of stress as the couple attempts to sort out disagreements on various important issues. When children are in the picture, parents need to handle the ordinary challenges of divorce while maintaining a focus on how every step affects their kids.
Mediation and other types of collaborative law can yield benefits for many types of families undergoing divorce. Approaching the process collaboratively can also help the process go smoother for children.
How divorce affects children
Divorce can be tough for young children who find themselves navigating an emotionally charged environment and numerous changes, all while having very little say in anything that happens. The resulting stress can manifest through a variety of symptoms and behaviors.
Collaboration can reduce negative effects
When parents engage in collaborative solutions, they reduce the level of hostility and confrontation. Calmer, more positive parents are typically better able to engage with their children and deal with questions and problems constructively.
Mediation fosters cooperation between the parents, dialing down the confrontational attitudes that often prevail during litigation. Because parents do not see and treat one another as enemies, children avoid the common and highly detrimental issue of feeling as if they need to take sides.
Communication skills help you parent better
Mediators and other collaborative law professionals often help parents develop constructive communication skills and habits. Poor communication between divorced parents can leave children feeling as if they cannot rely on either parent to meet their needs. A good parenting relationship, on the other hand, can go a long way toward reassuring kids that both parents prioritize their wellbeing.
An efficient process frees up resources
Finally, mediation usually costs substantially less money and takes less time than litigation. This leaves both parents with more funds, time and energy to invest in their children.
Mediation can help in many situations. Discussing the particulars of your case with an experienced attorney can help you figure out if this process is right for you.