Occasionally, it may be necessary to include children; however, the mediator ensures that the needs and concerns of all people affected by this process and its outcome are addressed. If, for some reason, the parties and the mediator agree that children's needs would be better served by participating in the mediation process, they take steps to do so, usually after two or three sessions with the parents have been completed.
Mediators help parents work out a co-parenting plan, so that the children experience as little disruption as possible under the circumstances. Issues that such a plan addresses include:
Itasha O'Gilvie is a divorce mediator with Toronto mediation firm Take 2 Mediation.