The holidays mean very different things to different people and this can depend greatly on your current family dynamic. If you are in the process of a divorce and have children, this may prove to be an extremely stressful holiday season. You may be grieving the loss of your marriage and it may be the first time that your children spend the holidays in separate places, which can be difficult for them and for you. Coming up with a plan for sharing custody during the holidays is essential to giving your kids the best possible chance for stability. Mediation services can be extremely helpful during this time. Lisa Kallemeyn, of Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn specializes in divorce mediation cases and has the tools and resources to help your family get through this difficult time.
The Role Of Mediation In Divorce
Mediation allows you and your ex-spouse to come up with solutions to important decisions or even conflict in a way that values compromise and flexibility. Mediation can be much more cost effective and and can take less time than going through the courts and the results can be ones that are much more palatable to both parties. Mediation also begins a collaborative process that can set the tone for healthy decision making moving forward.
Coming up with a custody arrangement for the first major holiday after a divorce can be especially sensitive and difficult. Mediation can help encourage a conversation where both parties can communicate their priorities and help find areas where there is the possibility of compromise. The mediator will remain neutral during this process and does not generally give advice to either side. In fact, you can bring your own lawyer to the mediation session if you are more comfortable having someone in the room who can advise you. The mediator’s function is to establish trust and allow the two parties to find areas of overlap that can be built on.
Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn: Divorce Mediation Attorneys
The team at Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn can serve as either a mediator or a divorce attorney, depending on your specific situation and needs. There are benefits to both avenues and reasons why each avenue should be explored. If you think that you and your ex-spouse could benefit from a neutral party guiding discussion in order to find common ground on a particular issue, such as custody around the holidays. Call Kallemeyn & Kallemeyn at 1-763-427-5131 to discuss what option might work best for you.