Divorce mediation is a crucial process for couples who decide to end their marriage, says relationship coach Stephanie Dawson-Cosser.
Divorce mediation involves the presence of a third neutral party who helps divorcing spouses try to negotiate an acceptable divorce agreement.
The mediator helps the spouses to communicate and negotiate but doesn't make any decisions for them, Stephanie Dawson-Cosser explains.
She says mediation helps establish a way forward for both parties, particularly when there are children involved.
Even though the romantic relationship is over between them, they are still going to have to co-parent their children.— Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach
It is critical that they learn a different way of talking together and relating together as parents.— Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach
Mediators are required to set up conducive communication skills with parents.— Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, family and parenting coach
According to Dawson-Cosser, couples have to establish a structured parenting plan that is in the best interest of their children.
She says that 1 in 3 first marriages and 2 in 3 second marriages apparently end in divorce in South Africa.
Divorcees also called in to share their experiences of the separation process.
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