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CHILD MEDIATION

Family mediation can help you and your ex-partner make decisions about arrangements for your children following your separation. Mediation can also be helpful if you need to change arrangements as your children grow up.

Our family mediators are not there to dictate how you should parent your children. No one knows your children better than you. Our mediators will help you navigate the challenges of separation so you can work together to make decisions about issues that have arisen as a result of your separation. Such as:

  • where the children live

  • when they spend time with each parent

  • when and what other types of contact take place (phone calls, for example)

  • how you communicate with each other as separated parents

  • child maintenance payments.

We can also support with issues beyond these areas. For example, we can support grandparents or other family members to discuss arrangements for children in mediation. 

Our mediators will help you to find a solution that works for you both and will explain what needs to happen to make an agreement between you legally binding. The process is less stressful and significantly quicker than going to court and can save you money. Legal aid is also available if you are financially eligible. 

CHILD ARRANGEMENTS

  • Parents often come to us about a specific issue that they are struggling to agree on. For example: 

    • How are we going to share the day-to-day care of our children?

    • What's going to happen during the holidays?

    • What about Christmas and birthdays?

    • How do we choose a nursery or school?

  • Our expert mediators can help you put together a Parenting Plan that outlines your plan for any of the issues above.

  • Our mediators can also assist you with your communication, if necessary, so you can hopefully resolve any future issues between you without any further intervention.

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WHY CHOOSE MEDIATION?

  • It is a cost-effective way to resolve disputes.

 

  • It promotes positive communication and can help to reduce tension, anger and misunderstanding.

  • It focuses on fair solutions. You stay in control of the decision-making.

  • It is more likely to produce lasting agreements and create better outcomes for children than court-imposed decisions.

THE MEDIATION PROCESS

You can refer yourself directly or via your solicitor, by completing our referral form.


However you contact us, you can be assured that your conversation will be confidential. We will then arrange for you to attend an initial meeting at the earliest possible time convenient to you. Next-day appointments are available.


Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) are usually attended separately. In this meeting, we will give you information about mediation and will ask you some questions so we can work out together whether mediation is suitable for you.  Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process. There is no pressure on you to proceed if you don’t wish to.


If you, the other party and the mediator feel it is right for you, you will then move forward to mediation. Our mediators are trained to manage conflict and to ensure an environment that encourages each of you to contribute equally. You may be distressed, angry or in financial crisis; where appropriate we can signpost you to further help from the right support services.

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Contact us today for more details about the services we offer.

CLIENT FEEDBACK

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"Relaxed environment, very open communication. Easy to speak to the mediator. Would recommend their services."

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"Oliver was amazing. Talked me through the whole process and awnsered all my questions. Very patient when my daughter needed me and understanding."

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"Very understanding and willing to listen to what you want and decide. Non judgemental."

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