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Settling child custody through divorce mediation

Co-parenting aims to give both divorced spouses time with their child. It is best for the parents to come up with an amicable arrangement for everyone's sake, including for the sake of their child. Because the child is in the middle, it can be stressful because the divorced parents may have grown cold to each other and distant. In Worcester, Massachusetts, that scene is typical in many families that have experienced a divorce.

Divorce mediation and negotiation aim to bring together the spouses and navigate how they will perform their post-divorce obligations. However, in some cases, this can be a headache. Chances are that the ex-spouses may argue and will not particularly care about each other. While the parents let their emotions dictate their behavior, they should also consider that there is a good possibility that the child could get caught up in the emotional stress.

In mediating child custody and other post-divorce issues, it is important to comply with the agreement as much as possible. Each divorced parent must respect the other parent. Keeping up with the schedule can make the arrangement less stressful. Speaking negatively about an ex-spouse is also not a good idea. It is important, while in the process of mediation, for both ex-spouses to trust each other. Focusing on what the child needs rather than the negative emotions that the ex-spouses are feeling toward one another is important.

Before mediating or negotiating with an ex-spouse, it is important to have a clear head. A divorced parent must not focus on hate or any other negative emotion; rather, the spouses must focus on how the situation can improve. Accommodating the requests of an ex-spouse whenever possible can provide a comfortable atmosphere not only for the divorced parents but also for the child.

Source: Huffington Post, "3 Co-Parenting Tips for a New and Improved Attitude," Tara Fass, Oct. 8, 2013

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