3 reasons divorce mediation is better for your kids
If you have children, you may have some well-founded fears about how your divorce is likely to affect them. After all, according to Psychology Today, kids can develop anger, depression and behavioral issues during a divorce. Sadly, these emotional consequences can continue long after your divorce concludes.
While there are many ways to combat the emotional fallout your children experience during your divorce, you may want to start with your approach to ending your marriage. For at least three reasons, divorce mediation may be better for your kids than a conventional courtroom battle.
1. You and your spouse present a united front
Even though your marriage is on the rocks, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse do not hate each other. Still, divorce litigation has the potential to bring out the worst parts of anyone. By opting for divorce mediation, you demonstrate to your children your commitment to working together to solve family problems.
2. You have more time to focus on your kids
When compared to lengthy litigation, divorce mediation is typically a faster way to wrap up a marriage. Rather than spending hours in depositions, hearings and meetings, mediation gives you more time both to spend with your kids and to focus on their mental and emotional well-being.
3. You save some money
Raising kids can be almost unbelievably expensive. Instead of paying for the inherent expenses that come with litigation, you can likely save some serious cash by choosing divorce mediation. Any savings you realize can go to improving your children’s quality of life.
Ultimately, even though divorce mediation is not ideal for every couple, choosing it may help your kids emerge from your divorce in the healthiest place possible.