US: Divorce Whisperer? Mediating With Parents Isn’t Easy

For the future bride Shannon Sweeney, 28, a chilly chasm between her mother and father, who were divorced a decade ago, has required her to consult each parent separately and delicately on each issue. This confounds her fiancé, Tyson Seely.

“He has no idea what I mean when I say, ‘I will talk to my mom and then I will talk to my dad.’ My parents won’t get on the phone together and they both want to be asked everything first,” said Ms. Sweeney, a researcher and Ph.D. candidate in planning and public policy at Rutgers.

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