If you are ending your marriage and have decided on mediation, you undoubtedly have a number of reasons for selecting this divorce option over litigation.
However, you may not have realized that communication is central to the mediation process. What will communication do for you, your spouse and your children during mediation and beyond?
Keeping the conversation on track
A mediator does not take sides but helps the divorcing couple work together to create a mutually satisfactory divorce settlement agreement. The mediator is a neutral third party who keeps the discussions on track and facilitates communication. The ability to express opinions, bring differences into the open and talk things through leads to cooperation, which is the focus of the mediation process.
Setting an example
Children of all ages recognize conflict, and they know when a problem has been resolved. When you and your soon-to-be ex are able to communicate with each other and resolve issues during mediation, you set a good example for your children. They will benefit when your problem-solving skills are on display.
Building a foundation
The ability to communicate as practiced during mediation will be of great help to you following the divorce. If you and the other parent can continue to interact effectively with each other, you can expect a variety of rewards. You can more easily discuss and resolve issues that arise and deal more quickly with major matters such as the children’s education and medical care. Communication will play a major role as you focus on building a firm foundation for new family relationships in a post-divorce world.