Just a Few Hours of Mediation Make a Difference with Children
It’s better for children if parents divorce using mediation instead of litigation.That short general sentence has been repeated so often that sometimes it’s hard to envision the profound wisdom it carries.
In a September 6, 2014 opinion piece in THE NEW YORK TIMES, Robert Emery, Ph.D, a professor of psychology and director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law at the University of Virginia makes the argument more visceral. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/07/opinion/sunday/how-divorced-parents-lost-their-rights.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%221%22%3A%22RI%3A7%22%7D
He asks how it can make sense that a judge ends up holding Ray Ban outlet decision-making authority on how we raise our children.
He also adds: “In a 2001 randomized study of child custody conflicts, I compared litigation and mediation, and found that six hours of mediation caused huge improvements in family relationships a full 12 years later.”
Twelve years is almost a child’s entire childhood. Devoting six hours toward mediating your divorce can benefit your child today, tomorrow and for years and years to come.