How mediation can help with back-to-school struggles
Even though the summer visitation schedule has hurdles of its own, such as coordinating vacations and keeping a routine during the lackadaisical summer days, it’s often easier to keep your cool and negotiate with your ex when you don’t have to deal with getting sleepy teenagers out of bed at 6 a.m. The school year is jam-packed with homework that has to be signed off on, tests to study for, club meetings to attend and trying to fit in parenting time. All of this can add up to increased tensions and put even the most civil of couples on edge.
If you find yourself at odds with your ex and unable to negotiate a middle ground on your own, the mediation process may be able to help. Court battles are often quite lengthy and expensive, but mediation is an alternative that lets parents use lawyers and a third party to attempt to work out a settlement that is agreeable to both parties.
For mediation to work, everyone involved has to understand that the goal is to work together. An adversarial attitude and an uncompromising intent won’t get you far in mediation. Mediation also requires that both parties have the best interests of the children at heart and have a genuine wish to come to an agreement that works for both parents and the children involved.
At Laughlin & Company, our staff is well versed in the mediation process and how to negotiate an agreement while still protecting your parental rights and interests. Talking with one of our lawyers is the first step to learning more about mediation and what it can do for you.
Laughlin & Company Lawyers Mediators
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