Mediation for Grandparents
A divorce is a very difficult time for everyone. Its effects are not just limited to the two spouses filing for separation; other family members too are largely affected by it. Grandparents, in particular, are also affected by it. In any child’s life, it’s the grandparents who are often the most relevant figures. It’s the grandparents to whom a child goes to if he needs guidance or reassurance.
The relationship shared between grandparents and grandchildren is as relaxing as it is beautiful. Unfortunately, a divorce affects this relationship as well. As a grandmother or a grandfather, a separated family may leave you with conflicted loyalties. On one side, you may want to support your child during the process of separation, but on the other hand, your love for your grandchild may make it next to impossible to pick any particular side.
It is helpful and advisable to establish an environment where it is easy to communicate and express your feelings without offending or criticizing anyone. This can be achieved through mediation.
In some families, the relationship shared between the in-laws is excellent and healthy because of which it is chosen that the grandparents need to be heavily involved with their grandchildren. In other cases, nevertheless, the relation shared between the in-laws is poor and one (or both) of the parents may prefer for there to be a more minimal relationship shared between the grandparents and their grandchildren.
While it is good to think that grandparents would have a constant presence in their grandchildren’s lives even after the divorce, it is wiser to prepare for some changes. Here are some things grandparents can do to prepare for this :