Planning for the holidays begins long before they occur and starts with making the best use of our resources year-round. The expenses we incur associated with separation and divorce become even more critical because each partner is facing the loss of an income, two households, and most importantly, the needs of the children. At times like the holiday season many people look back over the funds they have spent throughout the year and wonder how they could have made better financial decisions. Choosing mediation as opposed to litigation in the dissolution of a marriage certainly can be a wise financial decision and become part of a responsible financial plan.
A responsible financial plan demands that we evaluate every expense and make it routine to question, "How can I make the most of my dollars?" Mediation is a wise decision for many reasons, only some of them being financial. But in the economic times we live in, financial considerations have become an even greater priority. Mediation, with its obvious cost savings, is one decision that parents will not look back to with regret, knowing that they made the best use of their financial resources.