This is the third installment in a series about the new and growing trend for navigating the end of a relationship whether through divorce or separation known as mediation. When it come to children, we have adopted the motto ” It’s not about child support, it’s about supporting the child(ren). This is the basis for our third reason.

Reason Three:

3. You can create a parenting plan with a family therapist (MFT) co-mediator that focuses on the needs of your children.

It is common in litigation for the dynamics surrounding children to come down to three things: (1) support; (2) visitation; and (3) custody. While these three subjects are also decided in mediation, the approach is significantly different. The mediators will engage you in a conversation about your children and help you explore what you want for them. Most parents, even ones who are no longer interested in being together, still want an active role in the lives of their children. They still want a top education for their children, the extra-curricular activities in which their children want to participate, and they want holidays and special occasions to be happy memories for everyone. Mediation ensures you have input about these and other important topics relevant to your children. Mediation Around The Table mediates these conversations to provide you with insight and information so you can make the best decisions possible for your children.