The American Psychological Association estimates that infidelity drives between 20-40% of divorces in the United States. Infidelity, or the act of cheating on your spouse or partner, has been on the rise for the last two decades. It can happen for many reasons including the desire for a physical or emotional connection, or a communication breakdown with your partner or significant other. Many affairs begin as simple friendship, and occur in the workplace. Sometimes infidelity leads to divorce and other times a couple decides to save their marriage even after an affair. This decision is extremely personal and can be very difficult to make.
Mediation after Infidelity
Mediation can be a safe and effective way to determine how best to proceed with your relationship after an affair. Your mediator can help facilitate a discussion where you and your spouse can talk openly about what caused the affair and whether or not you both are ready to end your marriage or whether you want to try to save it. While your mediator will not take an active role to help you make this very personal decision, he/she can guide you in an open, honest and productive series of conversations about the pros and cons of each path. If you decide to proceed with a divorce, mediation can also be used to settle the terms including the division of property and assets, determining a fair and equitable parenting agreement and determining whether child or spousal support is needed.
Divorce Mediation Services
AMS Mediation can help you solve issues in your relationship before, during and even after a divorce. Our team understands that every relationship is unique and only you and your partner can make the difficult decision to divorce or to stay together. Infidelity can be a symptom of a much larger problem in your relationship or can be a simple one- time mistake. Addressing the issue is important to moving forward, either together or apart.
Amber Serwat brings a combination of extensive professional experience as a trained mediator in the state of Minnesota and personal experience having been through a difficult divorce herself. She works with couples to use mediation to address the root of an issue and find workable solutions for you and your family. If you and your spouse are struggling to decide how to move forward after infidelity, contact AMS Mediation for a free consultation by calling 952-252-1492.