Child arrangement disputes can be highly emotional and distressing for all involved, especially for the children. Mediation can be an effective way to resolve these disputes and reach an agreement that works for everyone. In this comprehensive guide, we will discuss how mediation can help with child arrangement disputes and provide a step-by-step process for getting started.
Mediation is a process where an independent third party, a mediator, helps the parties involved in a dispute to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. In the case of child arrangement disputes, mediation can help parents work out issues such as where the child will live, who will make decisions about the child’s education and healthcare, and how much time the child will spend with each parent.
There are several advantages to using mediation to resolve child arrangement disputes, including:
Step 1: Contact a Mediator
The first step in the mediation process is to find a mediator. It is important to choose a mediator who is experienced in dealing with child arrangement disputes and who is accredited by the Family Mediation Council. At Barclay Devere our mediators have extensive experience in helping parents reach agreements that work for their families.
Step 2: Initial Meeting
The mediator will arrange an initial meeting with both parties involved in the dispute. During this meeting, the mediator will explain the mediation process and answer any questions the parties may have. The mediator will also assess whether mediation is suitable for the particular situation.
Step 3: Mediation Sessions
If the parties agree to proceed with mediation, the mediator will arrange a series of mediation sessions. During these sessions, the mediator will help the parties identify the issues they need to resolve and work towards finding a mutually acceptable agreement. The number of sessions required will depend on the complexity of the dispute and the willingness of the parties to work together.
Step 4: Agreement
If the parties are able to reach an agreement, the mediator will help them draw up a written agreement that can be presented to the court for approval. This agreement will be legally binding and can be enforced if necessary.
Mediation can be an effective way to resolve child arrangement disputes in a less stressful, less confrontational, and more confidential manner than going to court. At Barclay Devere in Wootton Bassett, we understand how important it is to reach an agreement that works for everyone involved, especially the children. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you start the mediation process and find peace of mind.
Mediation can be an effective way to resolve child arrangement disputes in a less stressful, confrontational, and more private way. The process involves finding a mediator who is experienced in dealing with child arrangement disputes, attending an initial meeting, participating in mediation sessions, and reaching a written agreement. At Barclay Devere in Wootton Bassett, we are dedicated to helping families find a solution that works for them.