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For the past 30 years, we have learned that thousands of people choose Alpha’s divorce mediation program to save themselves from the high cost and harmful stress of spending years going through divorce litigation attorneys. They also choose our program because they want to make their children’s wellbeing and family preservation a top priority.
We know for certain that a divorcing couple who remains focused on making sure that their children and family members don’t feel the need to “take sides” will create a healthy transition for everyone. Those who draw battle lines and put their children in the middle often cause significant emotional damage that can last a lifetime.
Divorce can often bring high levels of anxiety, anger and depression. These unpleasant but very normal feelings can be managed with good support and the healing passage of time.
Hiring divorce litigation attorneys to “fight” not only increases the financial cost and stress of divorce; it feeds parents’ animosity sometimes to such an extreme that they damage their children by using them as “pawns” in their fight.
Working with an Alpha Parenting-Mediator to develop a Parenting Plan gives parents the best chance of developing a healthy co-parenting relationship that will make a positive difference in their children’s lives.
Beyond even the most difficult divorce, the future will surely bring holidays, graduations, weddings, and other major life events. Parents who remain amicable will be heroes and role models to their children and family members as they see them “take the high road”.
Children and Extended Family: Importance of Family Preservation
Michael Routh, an Attorney at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, provides tips for families with children to avoid the emotional toll of divorce.
When a parent, stepparent, or other family member uses their words and actions to destroy a child’s love for the other parent it is called “Parental Alienation”. They can succeed in make the child actually deeply feel and outwardly express hatred toward their Mother or Father as well as their extended family members.
Research has clearly proven that children who are victims of parental alienation often suffer long term emotional harm and instability in their adult relationships.