You and your spouse have decided to file for divorce, but you are both concerned about the effect your split will have on the children. As you know, a divorce can be devastating for kids. They may be heartbroken to learn that their parents no longer love each other, and they might feel like they have to take sides. It can also profoundly affect children if their parents fight during and after the divorce. Like other Florida parents going through the same challenges, you might wonder if there is a better way to end your marriage without it being so traumatic for your children.
You might have heard about mediation, but you understand little about the process. As FindLaw explains, mediation relies on negotiating solutions outside the courtroom. You, your spouse and a mediator would discuss your disputes during mediation sessions and brainstorm answers that everyone can agree on.
Mediation is cost-effective and less time-consuming than traditional litigation. Because uncontested divorce is generally more peaceful than a court battle, you and your children may benefit in the following ways:
- Your children may be spared from witnessing bitter arguments between their parents and from stressful courtroom scenarios.
- You may learn skills in communicating and negotiating, which you can continue to use while co-parenting.
- You and your spouse may agree on custody agreements that are better for everyone, rather than relying on a judge to make a decision that someone might be unhappy with.
- During mediation sessions, you and your spouse may learn how to interact on friendly terms and to respect each other’s feelings.
Both you and your spouse want what is best for your children. Mediation may be a way to help both of you maintain a good relationship with your kids and get along with each other moving forward.