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Mediation may make co-parenting easier

Pennsylvania parents who share child-rearing duties with their ex-spouses may find it wise to rely on tools like mediation as their lives and circumstances evolve. Experts say that mediation can help families deal with significant changes, like the relocation of a parent. Even though co-parenting can become more difficult when former spouses live far away from each other, hashing things out with the assistance of an impartial third party has the potential to let people come to terms more amicably.

According to one study, a significant percentage of people who split remain angry at their former partners for years following their divorces or separations. Although these parents may personally feel unconcerned when their exes experience trouble with their new relationships or living situations, such circumstances have negative impacts on children who might find it difficult to adjust. Going through mediation might help these kinds of emotional parents do what's in the best interest of their kids.

In some cases, parents may neglect their responsibilities after their new situation makes it inconvenient to provide transportation or commute to meet with their exes and assume custody. The parent who remains in their original area of residence may also decide that they don't want to assume the increased burden of commuting to bring their kids to their now-remote parent. Regardless who moves, both parents are still responsible for fulfilling their agreed-upon or court-ordered parenting duties.

Parents who want to provide for their children have to negotiate with each other for years after their divorces are finalized. Parenting agreements that work today aren't guaranteed to function well tomorrow, and exes may find it difficult to leave their emotions when it's time to make modifications. Pursuing family mediation might make it easier to create healthy environments for growing children.

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