Bitter divorces continue to destroy families. Parents who fight over custody of their children typically spend thousands of dollars to obtain a result neither of them is happy with. In the meantime, their children pay the biggest price.
Two of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood – Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner – decided to divorce this year. While celebrity divorces are commonplace, the unique thing about the Affleck-Garner split is that they are avoiding court and using a neutral divorce mediator to settle their issues amicably.
A substantial benefit offered by divorce mediation is the privacy it affords the parties. Not only is this important for celebrities, but also anyone who wants to protect their children and prevent their finances from being made public. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have made it very clear that their children will come first in their divorce and they intend to have a peaceful separation.
In fact, the couple released a joint statement declaring:
We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time… This will be our only comment on this private, family matter.
While their marriage may have failed, they have so far been very successful in their approach to handling their divorce. They are demonstrating a commitment to being united co-parents, even when there is over one hundred million dollars’ worth of assets at stake. This strategy is not only healthy for their children, but it appears to be good for them also. Nobody benefits from destroying their family.
Why do so many custody battles spin out of control? The thought of losing your children is one of the most emotional and stressful parts of a divorce. When custody is being disputes, it always turns into a fight over who is the better parent. However, if parents can stop and truly consider what is in the best interests of the children, the answer is usually to have both parents remain involved in their lives. Thus, working together to find a way to keep both parents active in the child’s life is the healthiest and lest detrimental way to resolve the issue. Children of mediated divorces typically maintain closer relationships with both parents than children of highly litigated and contentious divorces.
Whether your divorce is amicable or full of disputes, we are here to help. Contact the knowledgeable attorneys at the Men’s Divorce Law Firm. Our office is located in Orlando, Florida, but we proudly serve husbands and fathers across the State. The firm also serves men out of state with child custody interests in Florida.