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New Year, New Goals for Your Co-Parenting Agreements: How Mediation Can Help!

The New Year is a time of new beginnings so if your co-parenting agreement isn’t quite working this may just be the perfect opportunity in which to revisit it. The question is, what will be the most effective (and least headache-inducing) way to do so? We’re guessing it’s not simply calling your ex to discuss or you wouldn’t be reading this. But there is an approach in which you can address issues with your co-parenting agreement in a non-confrontational and constructive manner: mediation. Here’s how mediation can help.

The Mediation Process

In general, mediation is a process in which you and your ex enlist a neutral third party to help you resolve issues, for example what’s not working in your co-parenting agreement. It can be a welcome alternative to getting your lawyers involved and litigating the situation in court as long as you are both willing to negotiate towards an amicable agreement.

It’s important to note that the mediator won’t be resolving the issues for you, rather their role is to use communication and negotiation techniques that guide the mediation process constructively as you work toward a solution. What’s more, mediation is confidential unlike court litigation.

Benefits of Mediating Co-Parenting Agreements

Now for what you really want to know; the benefits of using mediation to improve your co-parenting agreement are many, and include:

  • Less Stress for the Kids — A co-parenting agreement that’s not working may already be causing undue stress for the kids, but if the issues are also causing additional arguments between you and your ex that negatively impacts the kids even more. However, seeing you both work together to resolve the issues in a respectful way can ease that stress and anxiety (and set a great example!).

How can we help with your co-parenting agreement in the New Year? Learn more about Mediated Online Solutions services by contacting our experienced team today!

Debra Whitson has been practicing law for more than 20 years, delivering focused solutions guided by compassion and trust.

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