Under the very best circumstances, separation can be difficult on all parties involved—and can be even more challenging when children are involved. Many co-parents struggle to develop a custody plan that meets the needs of both parents, while also serving the best needs of the child. The most successful co-parenting relationships are those that outline clear boundaries and limits, but are also flexible enough to allow for the ever changing needs of the parents and their children. Our lives are not static and a successful co-parenting plan cannot be rigid as well. Additionally, as children age, it’s important for a successful co-parenting plan to adapt to the evolving developmental needs and milestones of the child.
Dr. Kanaventi is committed to working with each individual family to actively engage both parents in the development process, while focusing on the unique needs of your family and the needs of the child. In Dr. Kanaventi’s experience, a one-size-fits-all approach to custody is rarely effective and can add undue stress to an already emotionally charged experience. Our lives are all complex and, thus, developing an effective co-parenting plan can be multifaceted as well. Dr. Kanaventi recognizes this and, in her work, accounts for the complexity of life when working with co-parents and their families. More specifically, Dr. Kanaventi takes the time to assess for not only the strengths and needs of the family, but also any potential barriers to successful implementation of the shared custody plan. This may include, but is not limited to, accounting for unique and/or non-traditional employment or work schedules, special events for both the parents and the child, holidays, the educational needs of your child, extracurricular activities, travel, and any other unique circumstances to your family structure.
Dr. Kanaventi views the the goal of successful mediation to be an engaging and collaborative process that is strengths-based, focuses on the here and now, supports the empowerment of both parents, to facilitate healthy discussion over difficult topics, build resiliency, and ultimately, to identify a plan to enhances the relationship both parents share with their child.