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  • Writer's pictureNicole Christie

Back to School: Family Mediation Can Help Parents Resolve Disputes

The start of a new school year can be a time of great change for children and their families. Parents may need to make decisions about school choice, extracurricular activities, and transportation. If parents are separated or divorced, these decisions can be even more difficult, as they may need to work together to ensure that their children have a smooth transition to the new school year

When parents are separated or divorced, it can be difficult to agree on back-to-school plans for the children. Mediation can help parents to work together to make decisions that are in the best interests of their children. A mediator is a neutral third party who helps parents to communicate effectively and to find solutions that both parents can agree on. Mediation is a voluntary process, and both parents must be willing to participate in order for it to be successful.

Mediators can help parents discuss a variety of back-to-school issues, such as:

  1. School choice

  2. Extracurricular activities

  3. Transportation

  4. Communication between parents and children

  5. Parenting responsibilities

Mediation can be especially helpful for parents who have difficulty communicating or who have different parenting styles. Mediators can help parents listen to each other’s perspectives and develop a plan that works for everyone involved.

Here are some of the benefits of using family mediation to resolve back-to-school disputes:

  1. Mediation is a voluntary process, so both parents must be willing to participate.

  2. Mediation is a confidential process, so the discussions between the parents and the mediator are not shared with anyone else without their permission.

  3. Mediation is a cost-effective way to resolve disputes, especially compared to going to court.

  4. Mediation is a child-centered process, which means that the mediator will always focus on what is in the best interests of the children.

If you are a parent who is struggling to resolve back-to-school disputes with your ex-partner, consider using family mediation. Mediation can help you reach an agreement that is in the best interests of your children and that will help them succeed in school.

Here are some tips for parents who are using family mediation to resolve back-to-school disputes:

  1. Be prepared to compromise. Mediation is about negotiation, so it is important to be willing to give and take.

  2. Focus on the best interests of your children. Remember that the goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of your children.

  3. Be respectful of your ex-partner. Even though you may not agree on everything, it is important to treat your ex-partner with respect.

  4. Be patient. Mediation can be a time-consuming process, but it is worth it in the end to reach an agreement that everyone can live with.

If you are interested in learning more about family mediation, contact The Christie Law Firm now at (860) 461-7494

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