Parents who are divorcing, and who have children, must address two separate and important issues up front: who will have legal custody of the children and who will have physical custody of the children. Depending upon the circumstances, legal custody and physical custody may be awarded to one parent solely, or to both parents jointly.
Divorce is an emotional time for everyone who goes through it.
When most people think of divorce, they think of long, painful litigation on top of the already painful emotions they are experiencing as a result of the separation from their life partner. Mediation provides an alternative approach that is good for parents, and especially beneficial for their children.
Enjoy this humorous video created by Joseph Pelling, a British animator and illustrator. The video can be viewed at Vimeo.com.
This is the time of year when many of us have adopted New Year’s resolutions. Just as quickly as we create them, we often end up breaking them. But what if, instead of following our old patterns, we made another type of resolution. What if we chose just one of our resolutions that would otherwise go by the wayside, and applied a different kind of reasoning to it, what I call outside-the-box thinking. Much like the approach taken in Joseph Pelling’s amusing video.
It’s fascinating how, as we grow older and wiser, certain ‘truisms’ repeatedly appear in our lives. As I’ve broadened in my professional life from being a lawyer to working as a life coach and mediator, I’ve found this particularly to be the case. I now see clearly how there are certain underlying principles that govern both my professional and personal life. I like to refer to this as Mediator Mind.