Does Mediation Have Positive Effects on Children?

Thinking about filing for divorce?

The heightened emotions during a divorce can be enormously stressful on families, especially for children. However, there are options for parents to make the process less stressful for the entire family. Mediation is a way for parents to work out their differences with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator. A mediator looks at both sides impartially and finds a resolution that benefits all parties. The benefits of mediation for children should also be considered.

5 Major Benefits of Mediation for Children

  1. Mediation creates cooperation between parents. The goal is to find common ground and to achieve an outcome that benefits everyone. This means post-divorce relationships can be less adversarial, which benefits children.
  2. Parents control the outcome of child custody modifications or other divorce agreements. In mediation, parents have the final say over these agreements, not the court. This allows parents to meet the needs of their children.
  3. Mediation is less stressful than litigation, especially for children. Custody trials may require your children to be interviewed or to appear in court. They may feel pressured to support one parent over another.
  4. Mediation gives parents more flexibility with their time. It is less time-consuming for parents, allowing them to spend more time with their children. There is also faster resolution with mediation.
  5. One of the major benefits of mediation is that it is less costly. This means more money you can spend on your children.

Texas family law attorney Jared Julian is also a mediator. He has experience facilitating negotiations in divorce and child support agreements. In addition, he has experience with cases involving grandparent rights, adoption and child custody modifications.