So how can we help you? Our first chat will be free, confidential and non-judgemental. We can help you quickly move forward with decisions around where the children will live following separation, how care will be shared by you both, arrangements for school holidays and special events, financial arrangements, providing emotional well-being and any other issues that may affect your children in the future.
Reaching these kinds of agreements can be stressful, emotionally challenging and may even lead to a breakdown of communication altogether, but this is where I and my team of mediators can help. We encourage parents to talk calmly, to collaborate, and to focus on their future and the future of their children. We never take sides or try to influence your decisions in any way. Every situation is different, and we will help you navigate through all the issues affecting you and your family.
Mediation will ensure that the needs of your children are centre stage in the conversation. This can be achieved by way of the parents listening and considering their children’s opinions and needs. Where a child is mature enough, there is also the option of them meeting separately with a child-inclusive specialist mediator.
So, what will happen next? Here’s how the mediation process works. The decision to mediate is completely voluntary. We will meet with you initially. This meeting is called a MIAM (Mediation Information Assessment Meeting) and it is an opportunity for us to explain a little bit about the process and principles of mediation, but more importantly, it is for us to understand more about your current situation, the impact it is having on you and your children, and what you would like to achieve through family mediation. If your ex-partner is in agreement, we will conduct a separate MIAM with them. Once each MIAM is completed, the next step in the process is a Joint Mediation Meeting. For most child arrangement cases, a single joint meeting will be enough. But in more complex situations, more sessions can be added to support you in achieving a satisfactory resolution.