By: Serena Clardie, MSW, LCSW, Child Specialist
The impact of divorce on children is largely a reflection of how parents handle the restructuring of their family. Children can face long-term negative mental health impact from divorce when there is ongoing conflict between parents. Mediation helps parents discuss current challenges and anticipate future issues in co-parenting to minimize harm and stress on their children.
Working with a child specialist provides you with the expertise of a mental health professional trained in mediation and experienced in helping families navigate separation and divorce. A child specialist can offer guidance on the unique circumstances of the developmental stage your child is in when the divorce is first occurring as you are working to support them through the process and develop afamily plan. Child specialists can also help you consider how to shift your co-parenting strategies as your children grow and their needs change. Here are some developmental considerations:
Infant/Toddler (0-2 years)
Early Childhood (2-6 years)
Middle Childhood (6-12 years)
Adolescence (13-18 years)
Emerging adulthood (18-25 years)
Child specialists can help parents understand and prepare for these stages in their children's lives as everyone continues to grow and change through the divorce. The input and positive communication support of a child specialist at the outset can help parents create a healthy foundation for family transitions and a positive future for their children.
Contact the Family Mediation Center
The Family Mediation Center will help begin the child-focused process of mediation with the help of a Child Specialist.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial phone call with one of our experienced lawyers who can help you weigh options for next steps. For more information to help you make a decision that is right for you and your family call (414) 273-2422.
Serena Clardie, MSW, LCSW owns a private psychotherapy practice in Milwaukee. She works as a Child Specialist with divorcing families and specializes in work with adolescents and young adults and treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. She can be reached at email@example.com.