While it is almost always sad when a marriage comes to an end, not every marriage ends because you or your former partner betrayed the other party. In some instances, marriages run their course simply because the parties involved in the marriage fell out of love with one another, or because the love they had for one another changed somewhat over time.
If this describes your current situation, you may be trying to figure out how you and your former partner may be able to disentangle your lives from one another’s without going broke or crazy in the process. If you share children, chances are, you are also looking at how to navigate your divorce while ensuring it has a minimal impact on your child’s well-being. Some people facing similar circumstances find that mediation allows them to work through necessary matters while placing a minimal strain on their children.
How mediation benefits kids
Just how may divorce mediation benefit any children you share with your ex? For starters, the very fact that you are considering mediation shows your kids that you and your ex still have the ability to work together when it counts. Demonstrating to your kids that you have a united front may benefit your family well into the future, because it may make your children less likely to try to sneak things by one parent when staying with the other.
Mediation may also prove easier on your children because it often involves a shorter process than a litigated divorce. Rather than having his or her parents wake up ready to fight every day for an extended length of time, mediation gives your child a chance to see you work together for his or her benefit. It may, too, lead to faster solutions. Mediation is also typically notably cheaper than litigating your divorce, which may free up more money to care for your child.
Mediation is not necessarily an appropriate method for ending all marriages. However, if you have children with your ex and have been able to maintain some sense of mutual respect for one another up until this point, it may be an option worth considering.