Manhattan Divorce Mediator Discusses Parenting Plans

One of the primary reasons couples divorce is a difference in core values.  Core values can relate to religion, finances, and different belief systems just to name a few. 

Other reasons include infidelity, financial stress, and growing apart.  Occasionally, a spouse may forgive the other for infidelity[1] and seek marriage counseling to get their marriage back on track; however, this does not apply to the majority of married couples.

There are so many things to consider when you are going through a divorce; however, the number one consideration should be your child/children. 

If you have tried to discuss a plan in regards to the children with your spouse but have gone in circles, you are not alone.  Thousands of couples have a difficult time agreeing on matters once they are in the divorce stage.  Divorce mediation is an alternative option that allows a safe environment for coming to amicable decisions with the best interest of the children in mind.

Divorce mediation allows you to effectively communicate your feelings, values and thoughts to determine if you and your spouse can align on the same page for parenting. 

It is important to create a parenting plan with the best interest of the children in mind.  Depending on the age of the child, needs will vary.  For example: a newborn will need its mother for the purposes of breastfeeding.   The younger a child is, the more important it is for the child to have the time, love and attention of both parents. If the child is a teenager, it is much easier to come up with a more flexible parenting plan that provides for time with mom and dad and also considers the child’s growing need for independence and creating and developing relationships with others.  

By taking the time to carefully create a parenting plan with the best interest of the child, you can decide who your child will spend time with and how much time, instead of a judge.  Sometimes, it is not that simple for parents to sit down and come up with an amicable parenting plan without the help of a mediator.  

Divorce comes with a lot of financial and emotional stress, even if parents go through the divorce mediation process.  As a parent, it is your responsibility to create a safe, comfortable and loving environment for your children.  The more comfortable your child is in the new environment, the better the child will adapt to the change of going back and forth between two homes.

Manhattan Divorce Mediator Offers A Complimentary Case Evaluation

Contact the Sabra Law Group today at (646) 472-7971 to see if divorce mediation is an option for you.  Our experienced divorce mediator can counsel you on the best way to draft a parenting plan that makes sense for your specific and unique situation.








[1]  Listen to a recent interview with marital therapist, Elisabeth Mandel LMFT on our weekly podcast Coffee Break with Sabra here. 







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