In Texas and around the country, many couples are turning to divorce mediation as an alternative to going to court. A mediator can be a great asset for couples whose emotions are kept in check and who can see the benefits of a resolution. Mediation may also be a less expensive way to resolve the process.
However, in what can only be described as a messy divorce case, supermodel Christie Brinkley and her former husband have been ordered by a judge to go through a mediator -- called a "parenting coordinator" by the court -- to resolve any issues regarding their two teenagers. In addition, the judge also signed off on the part of the agreement the two had reach that they never again speak to each other.
Tension between Brinkley and her former husband, Peter Cook, have been sky-high for several years. While observers say that the no-talking deal is unusual, even among high-asset divorces, they say it may be necessary given the explosive nature of the relationship.
The parenting coordinator's job will be to mediate any disputes that arise when it comes to co-parenting the children, who are 17 and 14. Until now, each side has publicly accused the other of not providing enough for expenses and for not abiding by schedules agreed to in advance.
True to form, after the settlement was approved by a judge, each side again lashed out against the other via public forums. Cook issued a statement critical of Brinkley -- also featuring comments from his current wife -- while Brinkley unloaded her frustrations on her Facebook page.
Source: New York Post, "'Parenting ref' ordered for Christie and ex-hubby," Selmi Algar, June 26, 2012