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Mediation can help protect your children during divorce

Many parents find themselves stuck between rock and a hard place when considering divorce. While they no longer wish to remain married, they worry that the divorce process may produce unavoidable harm to their children.

This is a perfectly reasonable fear, especially if you or your spouse endured your own parents' divorce as a child and carry hurt and frustration from it.

Fortunately, if you want to achieve a relatively amicable divorce that keeps your children at the heart of the process, it is possible to do so. Through divorce mediation, you and your spouse can work together to achieve the divorce that you need without turning the process into a battle.

While no divorce is usually completely without difficulty, approaching the process with a mediator ensures that you have the tools to negotiate fair terms without your children feeling the brunt of it. If you think that mediation might be right for you and your family, don't wait to consult with an experienced mediator in your area.

Mediation keeps your children at the heart of the matter

Unlike traditionally litigated divorce, mediation allows couples to work together instead of against each other. The process is relatively simple — you and your spouse meet with a mediator over the course of several sessions to cover the various areas of your divorce settlement, and the mediator helps ensure that each party receives fair treatment.

This means that each of you will have to make some concessions, and you will also both win. Of course, when children are involved, a mediator is very intentional about keeping the negotiations centered on the best interests of the children above all else.

This creates some wonderful opportunities for teachable moments within your family, even as you are enduring a very difficult season. When you and your spouse come together to ensure that your children have what they need in the midst of your divorce, it demonstrates very clearly how responsible, loving adults respond to difficult circumstances.

For this and many other reasons, mediation is often the best option for parents who wish to keep their children from suffering greatly throughout a divorce. Furthermore, the mediation process is often much less expensive than a traditionally litigated divorce, and allows you and your spouse to sort out the necessary legal issues without stepping foot in a courtroom.

Don't wait to set the tone for your divorce

If you believe that divorce mediation may be a good fit for you, you should not wait to reach out to an experienced mediator. With proper legal guidance, you can achieve your divorce without the matter getting too ugly — but you must act quickly before you and your spouse start down a more combative path.

An experienced mediator will walk with you through every step of the way, impartially aiding you in reaching fair agreements about every area of divorce and child custody, ensuring that each party's rights remain protected and your children remain safe and loved.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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