When we say the words, “I do,” we never imagine that one day those words will turn into, “It’s over.” But the statistics point to the fact that many marriages do not make it. In fact, the CDC reports that 42% of marriages have a high probability of ending in divorce.
Why Consider Mediation for Divorce?
When a marriage ends, it typically leaves one or both partners wondering, “what happened?” As a major life transition, divorce can be traumatic and mentally, physically, and emotionally draining.
Mediation offers individuals support and powerful coping skills that can help them navigate their overwhelming thoughts and feelings. Mediation offers a safe space to explore and share your feelings so you can make sense of them yourself. It’s a way for people to have a healthier outlook on their divorce and become empowered during a very difficult time as well as move forward in whatever ways they need to personally and as a couple.
Every situation is unique and will require the right option for you and your situation
Two Options For Help
1) Mediation Together
Divorce will never be easy. But with the proper guidance, the lines of communication can stay open and the separation can remain constructive and amicable. A mediator can help you both navigate those hard decisions such as financial obligations and co-parenting. Some mediators can even help you navigate the financial decisions and divisions–those people are called CDFA’s (Certified Divorce Financial Specialists).
2) Divorce Coaching for One of You
Individual divorce coaching is incredibly helpful for the person overwhelmed who needs an experienced and empathetic listening partner to help them process what’s going on and what you want to do about it. This is a great fit for when the two of you aren’t ready to work together but one of you is motivated to do what can be done to positively affect your situation and the outcome. Divorce coaching can help you discover your own needs and have a better understanding of how to navigate the divorce process.
Here’s an Additional Reason to Use Mediation or Coaching for Divorce
Divorce Affects Kids Now and Into the Future
Children are, of course, deeply affected by a divorce, and often the parents are too consumed in their own emotions to offer proper guidance. Family therapy can help the entire family deal with the feelings of loss and grief. You may wish to check this out for yourself and for your children.
Want to Divorce As Best as Possible & Do it Smart?
Settling a divorce in court can be costly and exhausting. Many couples choose to mediate their own divorce through the help of a trained therapist. Mediation not only costs less and typically takes far less time than divorce litigation, but it may also help improve your lines of communication as you both move forward.
There’s Help For You.
If you are going through a divorce and would like to discuss options, please get in touch with me. While we don’t do therapy, we provide help getting through the other parts of divorce including the financial pitfalls that not many people are experienced in or know about. You can find us at www.greatrivermediations.com