How divorce mediation benefits your children

On Behalf of | May 30, 2023 | Divorce Mediation |

Children of divorced couples tend to have more behavioral and mental health issues than children of married couples. However, divorce may still be healthier for your family than staying together. After all, combative parents cannot create a healthy environment together.

Divorce can be traumatic for children, but mediation with your ex can help ease the process.

Mediation teaches your children the value of working together

Children look up to their parents immensely. If you and your spouse cannot stop arguing, your children may assume that fighting is normal. However, working together in mediation teaches them the value of working with others to find a solution. Even if you do not get along with someone, you can still work together towards a common goal. Likewise, you show your kids that you value them over the conflict with your ex.

Mediation allows you to agree on childcare

When you go through mediation, you and your spouse must agree on every aspect of the parenting plan. You can bring all your concerns to the table and discuss the essential elements of childcare. For instance, if you and your spouse have uncommon schedules, you can create a visitation schedule that works for both of you. Likewise, you can discuss healthcare, religion and academics and determine what responsibilities you want to split. The courts do not always understand your family dynamic or what works best for you and your children. However, you can keep the children’s best interests in mind in mediation.

Typically, mediation leaves less room for resentment between couples, translating to less fighting in front of the kids.