When couples with children decide to end their relationship, one of the most difficult issues to address is child arrangements. Disputes over where the child will live, visitation schedules, and other aspects of parenting can become contentious and difficult to resolve. Fortunately, mediation can be an effective way to resolve these issues and create a positive outcome for everyone involved.
Mediation is a process in which a mediator aids both people to resolve a dispute by communicating. In the case of child arrangement disputes, the mediator helps the parents come to an agreement about the care and wellbeing of their child.
Starting the Mediation Process
Step 1: Research Mediators
The first step in the mediation process is to research mediators in your area. Look for mediators who have experience in resolving child arrangement disputes and who have a reputation for being fair and impartial. Barclay Devere is a trusted and experienced family mediation firm located in Worthing.
Step 2: Contact the Worthing Mediator
Once you have found a mediator that you feel comfortable with, contact them to schedule an initial consultation. During the consultation, the mediator will explain the mediation process and answer any questions you may have.
Step 3: Attend the First Session
During the first mediation session, the mediator will establish ground rules and explain the process in more detail. The parties involved will have the opportunity to share their concerns and goals for the mediation.
Step 4: Attend Additional Sessions
Depending on the complexity of the issues, additional mediation sessions may be necessary. During these sessions, the parties will work together to find a solution that is acceptable to everyone involved.
Mediation can be a powerful tool for resolving child arrangement disputes. By working with a neutral third party, parents can create a plan that is in the best interests of their child. If you are facing a child arrangement dispute, consider mediation as a way to find a positive outcome. Contact Barclay Devere in Worthing to learn more about the mediation process and how we can help.
Since April 2014, it is compulsory for couples seeking a divorce or separation to attend a Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM) as the first step. Mediation is a voluntary process that can succeed only if both parties to the dispute agree to it.
However, the courts, convinced of the positive role that mediation plays, have made this step compulsory so that the parties to the dispute are aware of this option and get a chance to use it.
The MIAM meeting is confidential and takes place on a one-to-one basis.
An experienced family mediator asks a series of questions to the individual to assess the specific circumstances of the case, and determine whether mediation is a viable option to settle the issue in a positive way for both parties.
The mediator also apprises the individual of all available options, and the specific details related to such options.
There are many reasons to consider Barclay Devere:
* On average, mediation costs 25 percent less that going to a solicitor. Barclay Devere offers the cheapest rates, including fixed plans, starting at £99.00 per person.
* The company has a success rate of 93 percent, and is very experienced in handling family mediation cases.
* The company uses their experience and expertise to help the parties come to a conclusion acceptable to everyone.