How Mediation or Collaborative Divorce Can Positively Impact Your Family-Even After The Divorce

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Divorce is often seen as the end of a journey. But for parents with children, it actually marks the beginning of a new chapter in your family’s continuing story. As you navigate this transition, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce can improve the landscape of parenting post-divorce, foster healthier relationships between ex-spouses, and benefit the entire family.

One of the fundamental shifts brought about by Mediation or Collaborative Divorce is the emphasis on a non-adversarial process. It stands to reason that engaging in bitter conflict only makes it harder to establish a healthy relationship later. Rather than viewing divorce as a battleground for conflicting interests, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce prioritize cooperation and communication. The focus remains where it is most helpful to families: the well-being of the children and fostering effective decision-making together. By redirecting attention to shared concerns and the needs of the children, you and your co-parent are better equipped to communicate constructively and find mutually beneficial solutions.

The involvement of both parties in decision-making further distinguishes these methods from traditional litigation. Instead of relinquishing control to a court, parents retain control over their future through the Mediation and Collaboration processes. This empowerment not only facilitates agreement on immediate issues but also cultivates a foundation for future decision-making. The experience of navigating difficult decisions together sets a precedent for co-parenting success beyond the divorce settlement. It is the first step toward a healthy future for your family.

Mediation and Collaborative Divorce can offer access to specialized support too often missing from adversarial processes, such as parenting coordinators, who facilitate effective communication about parenting matters. These professionals play a vital role in bridging gaps in understanding and fostering productive dialogue, mitigating the potential for conflict. Their inclusion underscores a holistic approach to post-divorce parenting, acknowledging the complexities involved and providing tailored support where needed.

Contrary to common misconceptions, research indicates that children of divorce, when exposed to low conflict and effective co-parenting, are as happy and healthy as their peers from intact families. The quality of the co-parenting relationship is the single biggest factor in the child’s experience. Children thrive in environments where parents can work collaboratively and shield them from the detrimental effects of parental discord and strife.

Ultimately, Mediation and Collaborative Divorce not only facilitate a less stressful divorce process, but also pave the way for a smoother transition into co-parenting. By embracing these approaches, couples take a healthy first step on a journey of post-divorce parenting guided by mutual respect and effective communication.

Ivan Alter is an experienced Westchester County Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney.  For information or to schedule a consultation, call 914-861-2400 or visit  Our office is located at 118 N. Bedford Rd. Suite 100 Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

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