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One of the questions that often comes up is, “Who does the family mediate for?” And what does it cover? The answers may surprise you.
Mediation is a very flexible process and mediators have the ability to deal with people who want to discuss and resolve all kinds of family issues. The most common attendees of family mediation are undoubtedly ex-spouses and parents, but this does not limit the family mediation process. Those present at a family mediation may include (but are not limited to):
- Divorced couples
- Separation of pairs
- in the footsteps of parents;
- grandfather and grandmother;
- children (within a comprehensive children’s mediation);
- Other parties or family members who are directly involved in the outcome.
Family mediation is not limited to court cases. If there is an issue of importance to you, it can be brought to mediation. For example, the courts have no interest in dealing with family pets, but if that is an important issue to you, it can be covered.
Also while the courts focus heavily on parents and their children, mediation can be used to resolve issues such as the contact arrangements sought by stepparents and grandparents. This can be a more cost-effective way to handle some cases in a child-centered way and without any restrictions from court procedures. Inclusive mediation for children allows the children’s views to be included in the mediation in an appropriate manner.
Cohabitants can also use mediation to try to resolve any disagreements about what should happen to property when the relationship breaks down (including property owned jointly or individually). Despite the myth of common law marriage, there is no specific law to help cohabitants, and thus mediation provides a more practical and effective forum for helping unmarried couples.
Third parties often provide support to spouses, whether that be financial support, child care assistance, or other involvement with the family. Sometimes the continued contribution or input of those parties is necessary if they are to participate directly in the outcome. In those cases, it may be important for the key stakeholders to have some input into the decision-making process or their position may need clarification to decide whether the option is viable. Other times, they are important people within the family that the couple relies on for advice and direction, and they can provide support outside of the process.
If you are not sure whether mediation would be a viable option, the mediator can discuss the situation and whether mediation might be an option (and who may attend the sessions).
Family Mediation Week is here (16-20 January) and there are plenty of events to provide more information about the mediation process, which can be found at https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/family-mediation-week-2023-events-calendar/ .
At Paris Smith, we have three qualified brokers who are able to assist clients; Neil Davies, Sarah Basemard, and Danielle Taylor. If you have any queries about mediation or would like to book an appointment, please contact us: https://parissmith.co.uk/self-referral-form-for-mediation-service-miams/.