These days, more parents are looking into alternative forms of divorce. Rather than heading to litigation and a court case, some look toward mediation instead.
Mediation not only benefits the parents going through the divorce, but it can also benefit the children, too.
What is mediation?
Forbes talks about the pros and cons of mediation. Mediation itself involves the couple discussing matters of divorce with a neutral third party, i.e. the mediator.
They come to conclusions on all important matters of the divorce together. This includes things like child support, custody, spousal support, visitation schedules, asset division and much more.
The benefits of mediation
For parents, mediation allows a lot of freedom and control that taking the case to court would otherwise strip. Parents can together decide which options work best for them, and they do not have to take a court order that they may not agree with.
Mediation has obvious benefits for the parents of divorce, but it also benefits the children. First, it reduces the chance of arguments breaking out between the parents. This creates a less tense and stressful environment.
It also allows for parents to work out what they believe are the best terms for their child. While the court always makes decisions with the child’s best interest in mind, parents often know their children better than the court does. They can make more beneficial decisions that will impact their child’s life positively this way.
For these reasons, mediation may have numerous benefits for all members of the family.