Before starting the initial mediation session, I highly encourage all separated and divorcing parents to do the following homework:
Sign up and watch the videos on UpToParents.org (for divorcing and divorced parents)
These websites offer a substantial amount of information and resources for divorcing parents on how to deal with parental conflict in the context of the transition from an intact family to two family units and to move forward in an effective co-parenting relationship.
Onlineparentingprograms.com offers high conflict and anger control programs designed to reduce the impact of conflict on children.
Create a “Divorce Mission Statement” about what your goals are for the resolution of your divorce case. It will help you focus on how to achieve the best resolution of your case.
Our Family Wizard
I highly recommend that you sign up for and utilize the communication and parenting tools of OurFamilyWIzard.com as part of an effective co-parenting relationship. The cost is only $99 per person per year and worth every penny.
To truly understand the impact of divorce on young children, the movie www.Splitfilm.org is one of the most useful and demonstrative resources available.
As the film states, over half the kids in America will experience their parents divorce by the time they are 16, i.e. one million kids a year. This film has children of divorce discuss their feelings about how divorce affects their lives and in turn how parents can take such information to make things better for their children. I highly recommend purchasing and watching the full documentary.
Frequently Asked Questions
Let us answer your questions. Read our frequently asked questions about mediation.