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Divorced couples can co-parent healthily with help from mediation

In divorce cases involving children, a commitment to cooperative co-parenting can mark the overall success of the split. Sometimes, though, even the most well-intentioned divorcing couples can fail to follow-through on earlier commitments.

Not unlike weight loss or the attempt to maintain a healthier lifestyle, the divorce process can be rife with broken resolutions. As the legal and financial obligations mount, parents may find it tougher and tougher to agree on childrearing responsibilities. Mediation is one option that parents in Texas are finding especially helpful in their divorce proceedings.

In contrast to "traditional" divorces, mediation focuses on shared objectives: the happiness and well-being of children, adherence to financial responsibilities, and quality time between family members.

Adversarial divorces, on the other hand, tend to produce win-lose outcomes. One spouse wins custody; the other loses precious time with a son or daughter. One family member wins alimony or spousal support, the other loses out on the ability to keep pace in a tough economy.

With that sort of mindset, it's no surprise that couples who utilize mediation reap multiple rewards. According to Psychologist Dr. Jill Schwartzberg of Ruth Rales Family Jewish Service in south Florida, mediation's primary benefit is reduction of conflict.

Children feel the stresses of divorce even more intensely than their parents, notes Dr. Schwartzberg. When parental conflict is added to the heap of existing stress, children can become severely distressed.

When divorcing couples use mediation, though, the trained third party mediator intentionally sets guidelines to reduce conflict. While each spouse still retains equal control over the mediation outcomes, the mediator ensures that things remain balanced.

With a more proportional power distribution, divorcing parents simply have fewer items to argue about. Mediation in Texas can address a variety of issues, from child support to visitation.

Source: The Sun-Sentinel, "Mediation for parents who just can't agree." Marci Shatzman, Aug. 15, 2012.

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