When you are in the midst of a divorce, it is difficult to think about anything else. But, once the papers have been signed and the formal separation has occurred, it is important to remember that you and your ex-spouse may still share some responsibilities, particularly if children are involved. Post-divorce communication and interaction can be difficult, especially when there is disagreement or conflict. It is easy to revert back to communication patterns developed in the marriage and watch the level of conflict rise. No matter how you settled the terms of your marriage, mediation can be extremely effective for handling issues that naturally arise after a divorce is final. Lesa Koski specializes in post-divorce mediation for couples who find themselves facing additional challenges or concerns after a divorce is complete.
Effective Post-Divorce Mediation
The most common need for post-divorce mediation is related to co-parenting. It is impossible to anticipate all of the issues, changes, and problems that may come up after a divorce. Some common issues that can be resolved in post-divorce mediation include the following:
- Proposed Changes to a Parenting Plan: Changes to a custody agreement may be necessary well after a divorce is final when one parent moves, or the needs of the child change.
- Modification to Child Support Payments: If one party is not paying their child support payment on time or regularly, mediation can address the problems and see if it can be resolved before heading back to court. In addition, a job loss (or promotion) can signal a changing financial situation which can also be a reason for re-assessing child support payment amount
- Concerns about a step-parent’s parenting: Even years after a divorce, as both parties move forward with their lives, new romantic relationships are formed. If you are concerned about the parenting style of a new partner/step-parent, mediation is an ideal venue to discuss and resolve these concerns.
- Changes related to a child’s education, medical care, etc: As children age, their needs change and mediation can address these changes (education, medical care) and provide a neutral environment to make critical ongoing decisions with the best interest of your children in mind.
Experienced Mediation, Stillwater, MN
Lesa Koski brings excellent communication skills, empathy and extensive experience with post-divorce mediation as well as divorce mediation services for those in the Stillwater, MN area. For more information or to schedule a time to talk to Lesa, call her directly at 651-214-5057.