Family Mediation Service Andover

CountryWide Mediation  Andover was one of the very first mediation services to be established in the nation and it is now among the foremost suppliers of household mediation in the Andover.

We have an unrivalled depth of understanding, skill and experience in fixing problems and dealing with conflict and disputes within households.

All members of our household mediation group are professionally recognized (FMCA) through the Family Mediation Council.

We have our own dedicated mediation premises in a quiet yet main location, with 3 mediation rooms, separate waiting locations, a reception area with additional seating and a back workplace.

We are able to provide very first meeting/ MIAMs appointments (for individuals) within 24hours and visits for mediation meetings (for both parties), within 5 working days.

We provide both legally aided and independently funded mediation covering all Andover.

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How can mediation assistance grandparents?

Among the sad, and frequently unexpected, problems when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that children experience when they lose contact with grandparents, which grandparents can go through when they discover they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents can provide a special relationship to children. They have more time and persistence, and a different, more accepting perspective.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

The reality is that there are around one million grandparents in the UK who say they no longer have contact with their grandchildren– usually because of the divorce or separation of their own children or some other family argument.

This is especially discouraging as we all know that parents frequently rely heavily on help from their own parents to look after their grandchildren. Some grandparents are far more hands on though, looking after the children for the entire day, every day, whilst parents work.

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents looking after their grandchildren is increasing greatly, increasing by 49% since 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders remain unpaid, saving the country around ₤ 17 billion in childcare.


It is easy to understand why loss of contact with grandkids can be heart-breaking for them and for the grandparents, who actually have no automated right to exposure to their grandchildren. It isn’t against the law for a parent to refuse a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it may look like there is absolutely nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, but there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation experts Andover can assist grandparents

A lot of grandparents will try to figure out concerns themselves by approaching their children to discuss the problems, however if this does not work, where should they turn? Bad blood can currently be heated up, and blame is typically part of the argument. Lawsuits, and court, is frequently not the best method forward and can in fact fuel the fire. It is also costly and can take a long period of time. Mediation presents a professional who has the ability to assist everybody, take a look at things in a different way and focus on what the children need instead of their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the conventional court route and can assist to facilitate better discussions, presenting calm and control, leading to agreements that individuals can deal with.

Mediation Andover is typically very successful and both celebrations can settle misconceptions, get a much better understanding of why the relationship broke down and of each other’s expectations going forward.

In some cases, nevertheless, mediation doesn’t work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts always have the kid’s best interests at heart and so will need grandparents to reveal that they did have a significant relationship with the grandchild before contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and won’t have a destructive impact on the larger family. Grandparents will also require to reveal that mediation has been tried before applying to court, or that there was a particular factor that it wasn’t.

If you are a grandparent who has lost contact with your grandchildren, for whatever factor, contact our mediation experts now. We can discuss your own situation and advise whether we feel that mediation can assist you and your family.

One of the sad, and frequently unexpected, concerns when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that kids experience when they lose contact with grandparents, and that grandparents can go through when they find they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Often, however, mediation does not work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order.

Courts constantly have the kid’s best interests at heart and so will require grandparents to show that they did have a significant relationship with the grandchild before contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and will not have a harmful impact on the larger family. Grandparents will also need to show that mediation has been attempted prior to applying to court, or that there was a particular factor that it wasn’t.

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Mediation Andover  is a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process. Mediation is a “party-centered” process in that it is focused primarily upon the needs, rights, and interests of the parties. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator is facilitative in that she/he manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication. Mediation is also evaluative in that the mediator analyzes issues and relevant norms (“reality-testing”), while refraining from providing prescriptive advice to the parties (e.g., “You should do…”).

Mediation, as used in law, is a form of alternative dispute resolution resolving disputes between two or more parties with concrete effects. Typically, a third party, the mediator, assists the parties to negotiate a settlement. Disputants may mediate disputes in a variety of domains, such as commercial, legal, diplomatic, workplace, community, and family matters.

The term mediation broadly refers to any instance in which a third party helps others reach an agreement. More specifically, mediation has a structure, timetable, and dynamics that “ordinary” negotiation lacks. The process is private and confidential, possibly enforced by law. Participation is typically voluntary. The mediator acts as a neutral third party and facilitates rather than directs the process. Mediation is becoming a more peaceful and internationally accepted solution to end the conflict. Mediation can be used to resolve disputes of any magnitude.

The term mediation, however, due to language as well as national legal standards and regulations is not identical in content in all countries but rather has specific connotations, and there are some differences between Anglo-Saxon definitions and other countries, especially countries with a civil, statutory law tradition.

Mediators use various techniques to open, or improve, dialogue and empathy between disputants, aiming to help the parties reach an agreement. Much depends on the mediator’s skill and training. As the practice gained popularity, training programs, certifications, and licensing followed, which produced trained and professional mediators committed to the discipline.

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