Divorce is a painful process even when it is the best thing for both partners. With children involved, it can become that much more painful. A drawn-out, strained relationship between mom and dad can cause a child to suffer low self-esteem and acquire an unhealthy view of relationships. An amicable divorce on the other hand, is one in which the child continues to receive support, love and cooperation between the parents. For a family going through the process of divorce and custody, therapy can act as a pressure valve to help regulate unhealthy attitudes and emotional outbursts. It can provide a setting in which all parties have the opportunity to gain clarity, insight and understanding of what is happening. Studies have proven that children experiencing a breakup in the family will often do better when parents are respectful and responsive. Cooperation and understanding reduce what is already a traumatic experience for the child. Co-Parenting mediation is an option for parents who understand that their child's needs supersede their own. Sometimes the therapist will need to meet with each parent separately to undergo an individual assessment before making a decision as to what is best for the child. At Acuity, our family therapy specialists provide co-parenting counselling and parenting plans to ensure the best interest of the child is preserved. This helps prevent the process from becoming adversarial and allows for transparency and recognition of the value of each parent's ideas about parenting. Our therapists can help design an effective parenting plan to allow parents to work together to raise their child in a healthy environment with minimal conflict.