Mediation works best

When parents both agree to try resolve their disputes through mediation.

When parents are willing to negotiate in good faith.

When parents keep the focus on the children and do their best to detach the issues at hand from the person in front of them. Blaming, shaming and pointing fingers does not help the process and does not lead to settlement

When parents understand and accept that children need both their parents in their lives. The manner in which their parents resolve conflict has a direct impact on their children’s emotional and mental health.

When parents focus on the big picture and remember this is only one step in their future co-parenting relationship.