Mediation helps to protect children in divorce

When you and your spouse decide it's time to move ahead with a divorce, it's not always easy to know how to protect your children from the emotional trauma of the family splitting up. Most of us know families that divorced with children or even experienced a divorce ourselves while we were growing up.

The damage that a divorce can do to a child is a heavy burden they may carry with them for years, and may even affect many of their relationships for the rest of their lives. As a loving parent, this can feel like a situation that is impossible to win — either you don't stand up for yourself in the divorce and custody negotiations, or you fight too fiercely and make yourself the bad guy.

This is a struggle that thousands of parents face every year, so you can take some comfort in knowing that you are not at all alone.

The good news is that there is good news. Divorce is rarely easy, but it doesn't have to be a bloodbath. Rather than using traditional litigation to settle your divorce, you can address all of the legal issues at hand through divorce mediation.

Mediation helps parents maintain proper perspective

With mediation, both parents work with a trained mediator to find compromises that truly keep their children safe and cared for. The mediator is not there to serve the wants of either parent, but rather uses special training to identify ways that each parent can compromise for the good of the children at the heart of the matter.

Realistically, this means reframing the entire process from one of two parties in conflict to two parties working together towards a common goal — choosing what is truly best for the children in the divorce.

Mediation offers surprising opportunities

Beyond meeting all the legal requirements necessary to achieve divorce, mediation also offers parents some unique opportunities to teach their children valuable lessons. With careful preparation, you and your spouse can use the mediation sessions as an opportunity to demonstrate to your children that they are loved and cared for even while you and their other parent choose to no longer be married.

You can also use this opportunity to show how adults make difficult choices for the good of those they love even when it isn't easy. These are wonderful gifts you can give to your children that will stay with them for years to come, and may save you a great deal of money in therapy bills later on.

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