The focus of mediation is the future. In mediation, the parties look at the issues now and work together to resolve those issues, while also anticipating if there may be future conflict and creating solutions to avoid those issues going forward.
Avoiding Ongoing Conflict
Mediation opens lines of communication and helps people reach lasting agreements. People who mediate are less likely to have ongoing conflict in the future because they have reached their own agreements and tailored their own unique solutions to their disputes, with the help of trained attorney mediators. Mediation also teaches problem solving skills that can be used in the future, if necessary.
Focusing on the Children
In our private, confidential mediation process, both parents work together to resolve any issues related to their children. Unlike the court process, your mediation focuses on your child or children and your family’s specific situation. The parties work together to create the best plan for their individual child or children and their family, and along the way, learn tools to help them communicate in the future.
Books for Parents
What About the Kids?, Judith S. Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee
Making Divorce Easier on Your Child, 50 Effective Ways to Help Children Adjust, Nicholas Long, Ph.D., & Rex Forehand, Ph.D.
Moms’ House, Dad’s House: Making Shared Custody Work, Isolina Ricci
Helping Kids Cope with Divorce the Sandcastles Way, M. Gary Neuman
The Good Divorce, Connie Ahrons
The 7 Pitfalls of Single Parenting, Carolyn B. Ellis
Kids First, Kids First Center
Child Custody: Building Agreements That Work, Mimi Lyster
Books for Children
Dinosaurs Divorce: A Guide for Changing Families, Laurene and Marc Brown
Andrew’s Angry Words, Dorothea Lachner
I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Jeanie Franz Ransom
Was it the Chocolate Pudding? A Story for Little Kids About Divorce, Sandra Levins
Two Homes, Claire Masurel
Paying for College
Although parents are not required by law to reach any agreements regarding payment for college or higher education costs for their children, often parents want to provide for their children in this way. Through the mediation process, parents can work together to plan for their children’s educational future by making decisions together today.