Now that Thanksgiving is over, the end-of-year holidays are upon us. Diwali, Hanukah, and Christmas will all be here before we know it. While this is supposed to be the happiest time of the year for the whole family, it can be particularly stressful if a divorce is happening at the same time.

Family mediation is particularly helpful when it comes to making child custody and visitation/parenting time arrangements. This is something to keep in mind if you are going through a divorce right now (or are preparing for one) during the busy holiday season. Mediation allows you to work collaboratively to set your own custody and parenting time arrangements, including how your children will be spending their holidays.

A positive, non-adversarial process

It’s important to you – and your children – that their best interests are at the forefront of your divorce proceedings. By working together in a mediation, you can determine what is best for your family’s unique situation, and not have your lives planned around an impartial judge’s determination. This will lead to a more workable and satisfactory arrangement for everyone involved.

Traditional divorce litigation is contentious and adversarial. Couples may find themselves wanting to “win” at all costs, leading to a negative relationship that can prove disastrous for their children.

Thankfully, there is a better way forward, one that is particularly beneficial for parents. The process of mediation makes any divorce proceeding easier and less stressful, but this is particularly true for those couples who need to successfully co-parent afterwards.