For example, as part of the divorce mediation process, we guide our clients to create parenting plans; and September is often the time when divorcing parents switch from the summer parenting plan to the school-year parenting plan. Fall also starts the holiday season, and as part of crafting the parenting plan in divorce mediation, we help divorcing parents allocate the autumn days off from school like the Jewish holidays, Indigenous People’s Day, New Jersey teacher’s convention break and Veterans Day. Plus, we remind them to create a plan for Halloween - specifically, who is going to the school parade and trick-or-treating. Deciding all of these issues preemptively in divorce mediation helps minimize conflict down the road.
For divorcing parents of older children attending college, the fall semester usually begins around now. We help these divorcing parents develop plans to navigate the school schedule. In addition, we work with them to determine how to cover college expenses as well as the costs of living when the kids return home for breaks.
For divorce mediation clients with and without children, September often brings more demanding work schedules after the lazier days of summer which impacts both their flexibility and income. Financial plans created in mediation take into account these seasonal shifts.
Finally, for our mediator coaching clients, September begins the busy season when more clients are hoping to get divorced by year-end and are seeking assistance. We are available to assist these new mediators either to launch their new businesses effectively or to maintain their existing ones productively.
Changes can be both exciting and scary. At Westfield Mediation, LLC, we work closely with our clients to prepare them for these transitions.
For more information about divorce mediation, please contact Randi M. Albert, JD, or Michelle Weinberg, M. Ed., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, at Westfield Mediation, LLC, at 908.913.0373. View our website at www.westfieldnjmediation.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org