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Update | Family: How children can benefit from involvement in divorce mediations

Austin Chessell explains ?how children can benefit ?from involvement in ?divorce mediations

1 February 2013

In a recent joint family mediation session I held, the parents had agreed to separate but were unsure how to tell their three children that they would be divorcing shortly.

Parent one wanted to tell the children with both parents present, while parent two initially did not want to be present. Parent two then took some time to reflect during the joint mediation session and agreed that both parents should be present when they spoke to the children. It was agreed that a unified front would be best for the three children to see even though the parents would be living separately. Both parents also wanted to show that they could still communicate to each other so agreed to plan in advance what would be told to the children. It would be an impossible scenario to plan the reaction of the children but they would also think through what questions they may be asked. Exams were going on for the next week so it was agreed that they would ...

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