Colorado couples looking to break things off are unfortunately in for a long and rocky road. Some may face more challenges than others due to financial, emotional, or other various reasons. However, any divorcing couple could potentially benefit from having a mediator on board.
The Huffington Post released an article celebrating mediation day by listing ten reasons to mediate a divorce. They include financial benefits, stating that it’s less costly than an extensive and vitriolic court battle and also much faster. They also put heavy emphasis on the flexible and customizable nature of mediation. Couples have more personal attention, more confidentiality, and better options for post-divorce family plans. Additionally, being able to work things through with an emphasis on cooperation can allow a divorcing couple to maintain a fairly positive and functional relationship even after divorce. This can be of crucial importance to households with children in particular.
Having a mediator involved can lessen a child’s exposure to conflict, as well. The American Bar Association has stated that it can be hugely positive for kids to see their parents being able to cooperate even in a tough situation like divorce. The home environment of the child will also likely be much less stressful during the divorce process if the couple is going through mediation instead of a costly court battle, which can lead to fewer of the negative mental and emotional affects associated with children whose parents have been divorced.
A divorce is going to cause an upheaval in a family no matter how one goes about it. However, mediation can significantly dampen the expected negative effects. It might be a good option to look into for any couple that believes they can civily work things out.