Sure, that’s a broad generalization and a bold statement, but that’s what I’ve seen in my many years mediating divorce.
And here’s why:
Because the two adults divorcing have at least one thing in common. They both love their children. The divorcing couple, no matter how ugly their marriage has gotten, is united under the mantle of love for their children.
Here are some questions that can help you understand what lies ahead:
- In a perfect world, how will the children’s time be allotted between myself and my soon-to-be ex-spouse? Are these notions reasonable when taking into consideration work schedules, school schedules, activities, etc.?
- Do I want to stay in the marital house? If so, why? What are the benefits? What are the potential challenges? Is this “best” for the children?
- If I don’t stay in the house, where will I go? What are the advantages and disadvantages to a new residence? Are the children relocating with me?
Bear in mind that your initial answers to these will like change and/or take a more defined shape as the mediation progresses. Nevertheless, the themes and realities will be consistent throughout the process. The sooner you begin to grapple with these questions, the more streamlined, i.e., the less costly and time-consuming, your mediation can be.
If you think you might be interested in a mediated divorce, please call Jenna Brownson, Esq. at 978.760.0482.