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Don't ignore divorce mediation as an option to resolve disputes

Divorce mediation has many benefits, like helping you get past conflicts and allowing you and your estranged spouse to work together toward a mutually agreeable solution to your problems.

Some people hear the words "divorce mediation" and believe it's like marriage counseling. That's not the case at all. In reality, it's just designed to help you to learn to work together to find a resolution to your problems. In worst-case scenarios, you can use mediation to help avoid a breakdown in communication.

Co-parenting has benefits, but is it right for your family?

As young people, many Ohio residents may have believed that life would get easier as they grew older. Now that you have reached adulthood, you likely know this notion is not necessarily true. You may feel the weight of that misconception quite heavily now that you are going through divorce.

In particular, as a parent, you have the immensely challenging task of deciding the right child custody arrangements for your family. Though you certainly want to keep your kids in your life as much as possible, you also have the other parent to consider and your children's relationships with that parent. Of course, before you decide that co-parenting or joint custody is the best option, you need to closely assess your case.

How can you find a missing parent?

Sometimes, parents who owe money somehow disappear. They don't want to be responsible for the children they helped bring into the world, and they leave them behind while shirking that responsibility.

For the custodial parent, it's hard to handle the reality that the other parent won't pay support willingly. They may also not know how to start when asking for support. The good news is that Ohio's Child Support Enforcement Agency does help those who would like to locate the parent who fled without considering their responsibilities.

Learn more about your options with divorce mediation

You and your spouse always worked well together, but once you decided to divorce, that ended. Suddenly, all the things you did wrong or the things they did wrong came to a head, and you both can barely be in a room together.

Your situation is not strange. There are some questions that you may wish to have answered about divorce mediation and how it can help you, too. Here's a little bit about how mediation can be beneficial.

Maintaining your sanity during the difficult process of divorce

Divorce is not an easy process, even when both parties want to make things work as smoothly as possible. It can be easy to make choices based on strong emotions and temporary feelings, but that rarely leads to decisions that are smart and sustainable. During this difficult time, you may want to find ways to keep your peace of mind and pursue terms that make sense long-term.

Keeping your sanity during divorce can allow you to make thoughtful choices that benefit the whole family. You may be dealing with anger and sadness, but you can still be intentional about pursuing a strong post-divorce future. When you approach divorce with a goal of remaining peaceful, you can take some of the pain out of this process. 

Should you test-run your parenting plan?

As parents who don't agree on much, you may find that creating a parenting plan is contentious. You may have a hard time sitting down together and coming up with a parenting plan that works for you. You may also have a difficult time arranging how you'll implement rules and techniques for raising your child between homes.

As parents who want to do what's best for your child, it is important that you find a way to work together. To begin with, it's a positive choice to look into mediation or counseling, so that you and the other parent can learn to speak to one another calmly and to address situations without attacking one another or having a breakdown in communication.

Rehabilitative alimony: Know what to expect

Alimony is an important part of many people's divorce settlements. As someone who gave your time and effort in marriage, you may have taken a step back to support your spouse. Perhaps you stayed home with your children or worked to help your spouse pay for college in hopes of reaping the benefits later in your marriage.

Whatever the case may be, alimony can be a good way to get compensated for that hard work and support. Your spouse, now earning more than you, may need to pay you a substantial amount monthly or in a lump-sum payment, to make sure you're financially supported following divorce.

Social media may help nurture parent-child bonds after divorce

Going through a divorce can be hard for any Ohio resident. However, as a parent, you may feel even more torn about the major life changes you and your kids will experience, especially because you did not get primary custody.

Understandably, you may worry that the terms of your child custody agreement will result in the relationship with your children dwindling. Even though you have visitation rights and scheduled time to regularly spend with the kids, not being able to see them every day may weigh heavily on you. Fortunately, not being able to spend physical time with them does not necessarily mean that you cannot stay in contact.

Can you move if you have primary custody of your child?

As a parent who is always looking to make your child's life better, you were thrilled to find out you were being offered a new job. The only problem is that it's over 200 miles away, which means that you have to move.

Although your job is stable now, the new job will mean you're making much more money. Your benefits are better, and the area where you'll live is clean and has good schools. You think it's the best option, but you're not sure if you'll be able to take the job due to your child.

Can you withhold visitation if your child's in danger?

As a parent, you want to do what is best for your children, but you know that you can't avoid obeying a court order. The trouble is that your children are upset and throwing massive tantrums every time they have to go to your ex-spouse's home. You know that your ex has a history of abusing others, and although you don't think that could happen to your children, you're worried based on their current mental state.

Visitation that is ordered by the court is there to make sure children see both parents, but that doesn't mean that the courts won't side with a parent who withholds their children from visitation due to real dangers. There are limited times when parents can seek to limit or revoke the other parent's visitation rights. In certain emergencies, you may be able to flee with your children or stop the other parent from taking them, like if the children are in immediate danger.

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