Children of Divorce

Early on in my career as a mediator it became apparent that grief is endemic to divorce. I realized that sooner or later virtually everyone going through divorce – including children of divorce – is bound to experience the stages of grieve common to the loss of marriage: denial, anger, sadness, bargaining, and acceptance.

This is why I devised the Situational™ approach to mediation to include specific ways for a divorce mediator to skillfully acknowledge and normalize these emotions, encourage parents to share their concerns if not worries or fears about their children, and give parents the information needed to be vigilant about any unusual behavior (for instance, bed-wetting, trouble at school, withdrawal from friends or favorite activities, frequent lack of appetite, and recurrent angry or violent outbursts).

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