About Family Mediation
For the last thirty years, the divorce rate in the United States has ranged between 40 and 50 percent(Clark-Stewart & Brentano, 2006; Gaulier, Margerum, Price, & Windell, 2007), and research indicates that the divorce rate is approximately 10% worse for second marriages (Engblom-Deglmann, 2009; Ganong, Coleman, & Weaver, 2002). With this level of marital dissolution, almost half of the children born today will experience the divorce of their parents (Hetherington, Stanley-Hagan, & Anderson, 1989), and because approximately three quarters of those who divorce will remarry (Amato, 2000), many children will experience more than one divorce during their childhood. Parents who divorce may be legally separating from their former spouses, but they will remain tied to one another through their children, thus facing the challenge of coparenting for years to come. An effective family mediation process can help reduce conflict, decrease tension, appropriately plan for the future, reduce the expenses of costly legal and court battles, and provide a healthier process for family legal dispute resolution
Mediation is often an effective way to help people settle many different types
of divorce, parenting plan, and family law related disputes, In family mediations, parties have a chance to share their views and find helpful solutions in a safe environment and to constructively discuss important issues such as communication, separation, child related issues, support, time-sharing, alimony, debt, division of property and other family matters (American Bar Association). Mediation uses a is a neutral and impartial third person facilitate the resolution of a legally related family dispute. It is an non-adversarial process and is intended to help families reach agreements that are mutually acceptable and beneficial. The mediation process, when done well, can greatly reduce conflict and aid finding helpful solutions creating healthier environments for both parents and more importantly for their children.
The hurt, anger, and sense of injury experienced during most divorces will often impair or reduce the functioning of the divorcing individuals, their children, and families. The divorce process often impacts each individual's parenting, coparenting, professional work, and social functioning. Research demonstrates that it the inter-parental conflict that is most harmful for the children and the adults during and after a divorce. With approximately half of all marriages ending in injuries of this kind, the problems facing divorcing parents are substantial. Successful family mediation can help reduce these problems.