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Can mediation help me after my divorce is over?

Like many Californians going through a divorce, you might have gone the litigation route, having a judge make the final say regarding property division, child custody and other matters. Or, you and your spouse may have opted for an amicable divorce instead through mediation, collaborative law or another uncontested method. Regardless of your past experiences with your divorce, you might wonder what you can do if conflicts with your ex continue after your divorce was finalized.

According to Verywell Family, many of those who share parenting time have conflict, which may come as no surprise to you. You might, however, be surprised to learn that you could benefit from mediation if parenting conflicts arise. For example, a mediator might help you negotiate resolutions to such disagreements as the following:

  • Addressing one parent being too much of a disciplinarian versus the other one spoiling the kids
  • Deciding which religion the children should be brought up in, if any
  • Coming up with a homework and extracurricular activity schedule
  • Addressing one parent trying to micromanage everything the other parent does
  • Revising visitation schedules or settling arguments over parenting time

Co-parenting can be challenging at the best of times, and a nightmare if you and your ex frequently argue about visitation and other issues involving your kids. It might be difficult, if not impossible, to attempt to resolve the disagreements on your own. Seeking help through mediation or another amicable dispute resolution method might give you some peace of mind. This information, however, is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.

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