If you are over 50 and divorcing, you are part of the growing "gray divorce" demographic. This group of people consists of men and women who are ending marriages later in life, often after children have grown up and left the house.
Custody and visitation disputes can be enormously upsetting for the child involved. Some parents lose sight of this when they are battling in court over who will get custody.
One of the first things people typically wonder about after deciding to divorce is what will happen to their assets. Who will keep the home? How will they divide bank accounts and retirement accounts? Will there be a fight over the family car?
During the school year families have a set schedule but that all changes when school lets out and the days get longer. Bed times get pushed back and kids spend evenings playing outdoors instead of finishing homework. But without proper planning, summer fun will upend carefully devised parenting schedules.
Many people assume mediation is not a viable dispute resolution method for their divorce. Often, people think this because there are issues that divorcing spouses simply cannot agree on. However, mediation is not an all-or-nothing dispute resolution method.