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Mediation can help solve prickly divorce problems

When a Texas couple realizes that their marriage cannot continue, countless issues relating to family relationships are bound to arise. One important problem, of course, is how to break the news to the parents of each former spouse. Even more significant is properly handling the ways in which one's parents may react to one's divorce.

It's often assumed that a spouse's own parents will automatically take their side during a split. Sometimes the opposite is true, sparking a host of relationship quandaries. For example, if parents believe their child initiated the divorce or caused the split to happen, they may take the other spouse's side. Additionally, if divorcing spouses have children together, the grandparents may prioritize the grandchildren first. This often means maintaining a strong relationship with the other spouse.

One way to cope with all this complication is to consider divorce mediation. This is an option for people in Texas who want to trim costs, ease the divorce process and potentially avoid court. One of mediation's main purposes is to empower spouses to come up with mutually agreeable outcomes. In addition to benefiting both parties, mediation also help the overall family unit stay on an even keel since there may be fewer outright disputes.

Another helpful aspect of mediation is that by going through the process with trained professionals, spouses learn how to communicate respectfully and work together even amidst crisis. These skills can prove priceless when spouses communicate with other family members, such as grandparents, regarding the divorce situation. Finally, mediation helps spouses distinguish between temporary emotions and long-term consequences, which is another skill that can help keep a family calm during times of stress.

Source: HealthNewsDigest.com, "5 Ways to Cope When Parents Choose Your Ex," Mary Jo Rapini, March 17, 2014

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