Mediation Helps Couples Avoid Bitter Custody Battles
Contrary to popular belief, the most difficult part of getting divorced is not dividing up your assets. Instead, it is splitting up your family.
In New Jersey, there are specific laws that help couples divide up the house and the 401(k) account, but when it comes to awarding custody to one parent or another, the law directs the courts to do whatever is in the best interest of the child.
As a parent, you probably have a strong opinion about what is in the best interest of your child. But so does your ex. When your opinions differ, the dispute can get ugly fast. Fighting with your ex over custody of your children may seem like a good idea at the time, but bitter battles can have a long-term impact on your children’s mental health.
Though most children successfully cope with their parents getting divorced, an article in World Psychiatry, the official journal of The World Psychiatric Association, notes that “…parental divorce/separation is associated with an increased risk for child and adolescent adjustment problems, including academic difficulties (e.g., lower grades and school dropout), disruptive behaviors (e.g., conduct and substance use problems), and depressed mood. Offspring of divorced/separated parents are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, live in poverty, and experience their own family instability.”
The article goes on to explain that one way to combat these potential problems is to work with a mediator instead of seeking a traditional divorce. A mediator is a neutral third party that helps a divorcing couple craft a separation agreement they are both satisfied with.
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