Conserve Your Precious
Time • Emotional Energy • Financial Resources
When You Need it Most
Oftentimes couples that are separating can't agree on how to separate their lives. If you have children you'll need to agree on the care and schedules of your children. Sometimes what a couple really needs is to sit face to face and talk about the issues and find the right solutions.
Mediation can be a productive format by introducing a neutral party to structure the conversation. When both parents realize the importance of having both parents in the life of their child the road to a healthy future becomes clearer.
Divorces involving the courts and lawyers with financial issues and disputes over child living arrangements are commonly very costly. These cases can take as up to two to three years to get through the courts. Couple who choose mediation prior to bringing a court action, can save both time and money. The time required to finalize a mediated divorce is often less than six months.
Mediation conserves time, emotional energy, and financial resources. Spouses can move forward without having to recover from the destructive side effects experienced during court proceedings. A separation high in conflict delays the emotional healing that will inevitably be experienced by each party. The fear of the unknown and the need to deal with issues of parent-child relationships can be overwhelming.
Mediation brings the issues of finances and childrearing out into the open, to be addressed and resolved through cooperation.
- Mediation does not require attorneys to be present or retained by either parent.
- It is for divorcing and separating couples whether or not they have children.
- Its not only for the parents, it is available to extended family members like grandparents who are involved in a family dispute.
Biggest Reason for Mediation – Putting Your Children First
It is difficult enough for children to adjust to the reality that the family that they trusted to continue is actually breaking apart. Children with parents who treat each other with respect and who remain available to their children and other responsibilities, even during a divorce, are more likely to model such behavior and to perceive the world in a more positive light.
Mediation allows couples to maintain their integrity and to continue to present themselves to their children as the kind of parents they would be proud to see their children become.