Issues Involving Children

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process during which we will facilitate conversations and help you explore and decide which option works best for you.  At the initial individual meetings (called MIAMs) we will take some background information and review the appropriateness of mediation for you. Joint mediation can then start.

The benefits of mediation include improving communication between parents, avoiding expensive and stressful court litigation and achieving solutions that work for you and your family.

Our mediators have worked as family lawyers for over 20 years and bring this expertise to the mediation process. We will ensure that you have an understanding of the law and options available to you and facilitate discussions about what may work best for each of you in your particular circumstances.

As accredited mediators we can help you to discuss and resolve issues relating to the arrangements for your children including where they live and how much time they spend with each parent, moving home, changes to school or a review of arrangements already in place.

Our mediators are qualified to meet with your children during the mediation process if you both agree and the children are old enough to participate and want to.  This enables us to bring the views of the children into the discussions we have and ensure their voice is heard as part of your decision-making process.

If we are looking at financial issues surrounding arrangements for your children, there is an obligation on you both to give full financial disclosure. This ensures that any agreements reached are on the basis that both of you have knowledge of each other’s financial position.

During the mediation process it is sensible to seek legal advice on the options we discuss. As mediators we are not able to give legal advice because we must remain impartial throughout the process.

A document that we prepare, called a “Memorandum of Understanding” can, subject to legal advice, be drafted into a parenting agreement or court order, to ensure that the agreement becomes one that you can both rely upon.

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Mediation offers a place for you to talk calmly and confidentially about the issues, helping you work together to achieve practical solutions for you and your family. 


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