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Children are more capable of adapting to parental separation if their parents function effectively. Each parent will develop his or her own style of parenting, and each parent should be tolerant of the other’s parenting style with respect to that parent’s ability to make day-to-day decisions when the children are with him or her.

I strongly believe that any agreements reached by parents in mediation should be in their children’s best interests.

Various studies have shown that these factors lead to:

Better Outcomes for Children
  • Reduced parental conflict, with well functioning co-parents, permitting the child to have a stable, loving, relationship with the other parent.
  • Absolving the child from any blame for the parents’ divorce.
  • Children should not be caught in the middle or feel that they have to take sides. They should not be used as messengers between their parents.
  • Speaking negatively about the other parent creates an emotional turmoil for the child.
  • Establish two comfortable, secure homes and develop a parenting plan that gives your child access to both parents.
  • Children need to be reassured that they are loved by both parents and will not “lose” either one.
  • Be consistent with pick-up times and guard against canceling plans with the child. If plans do change, give as much notice as possible.
  • Be responsible and prompt with child support payments and do not discuss child support in any way with the child.

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