The month of January was National Child-Centered Divorce Awareness Month.
Even in an amicable divorce, it can be easy for spouses to see things in extremes: black and white, his or hers or winning and losing. After all, a divorce is often an incredibly emotional and stressful event. Taking a divorce to court often only escalates these already extreme feelings which, in turn, heightens the risk of disputes.
More and more couples are choosing to resolve their domestic issues and finalize their divorce through mediation. Divorce mediation can provide separating spouses with a more peaceful option to end their marriage, but it can still take a lot of work - and put you under a significant amount of stress.
Negotiating domestic issues including child custody and property division in mediation is often a beneficial option for many couples when going through a divorce. It allows them to have more control over their divorce as well as the agreements that will impact their family's future.
Last week, we discussed how letting emotions dominate the divorce mediation process can create even more challenges for couples seeking a divorce. It is critical for individuals to find ways to manage these emotions throughout their divorce proceedings to avoid these challenges. Here are a few practical tips to help divorcing spouses handle their emotions.
It is no secret that divorce evokes many complicated emotions. Even when spouses decide to pursue a divorce through mediation, they still experience a wide range of emotions. After all, the end of a marriage can be incredibly stressful and anxiety-inducing.
Alimony and Spousal Support are among the most disputed issues during the divorce process. Although not every case will involve these issues, when alimony and spousal support are involved, it is generally an area of conflict and tension.
People resolve to be happier, healthier and more productive over the next 12 months. And for some people, this could involve ending their marriage.
Every divorce is different. Each involves different people who have unique goals, priorities and fears that will have an impact on the approach and trajectory of the divorce process. As such, it is important to understand that there are different ways to resolve divorce-related matters.
We often discuss mediation in the context of divorce on this blog. And while mediation is certainly a common and effective means of resolving divorce-related matters, it can also help parents resolve disputes long after a divorce is final.