Like many Ohio residents, you might think mediation is employed only when going through a divorce, to mitigate the contention and cost that often come with divorce. However, as we at the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, are aware, the potential benefits of mediation can encompass all types of conflict, including the conflicts you are likely to encounter in the years following your divorce as you co-parent your children.
As Verywell Family attests, conflicts are common for parents who split time with the kids. You might disagree with your ex’s overly strict discipline style or feel as if he or she spoils the children with too much fun and no rules at all. It could upset you that your ex uses the children as pawns to get back at you or tries to control everything that goes on when it is your turn with the children. You and your ex might fight over the visitation schedule, especially during the holidays. It can also be irksome that your ex leaves all the homework and other responsibilities to you while doing none of the parenting work.
Mediation exists to help the disputing parties reach solutions to their disagreements without going to court. As you might guess, it could be far preferable to address any of the above issues or others during mediation sessions, instead of having to go to the hassle and expense of taking your ex back to family law court.
Family law issues are often complex and contentious, as our page explains. Fortunately, mediation is one of a few options that may help you preserve harmony with your kids and ex-spouse.