Our Household Mediation Providers

CountryWide Mediation was among the very first family mediation services
to be set up in the country and it is now among the primary service providers of family mediation in the Halesowen.

We have an incomparable depth of knowledge, ability and experience in dealing with and fixing problems dispute and disagreements within households.

All members of our family mediation group are professionally certified (FMCA) through the Household Mediation Council.

We have our own devoted mediation facilities in a quiet yet main location, with 3 mediation spaces, different waiting locations, a reception area with additional seating and a back office.

We are able to provide very first conference/ MIAMs visits (for people) within 24hours and visits for mediation conferences (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We offer both legally assisted and independently moneyed mediation covering all Halesowen.

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How can mediation aid grandparents?

One of the unfortunate, and typically unintentional, concerns when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that kids experience when they lose contact with grandparents, which grandparents can go through when they find they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents can offer a special relationship to kids. They have more time and perseverance, and a different, more accepting viewpoint.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

The fact 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 household argument.

This is particularly discouraging as we all understand that moms and dads often rely greatly on help from their own parents to look after their grandchildren. Some grandparents are far more hands on however, looking after the kids for the whole day, every day, whilst moms and dads work.

According to Gransnet, the number of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren is increasing dramatically, increasing by 49% because 2009, however 99% of grandparent childminders stay overdue, 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 in fact have no automatic right to contact with their grandchildren. It isn’t against the law for a moms and dad to decline a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it may look like there is nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, however there are a number of ways forward.

Mediation professionals can help grandparents

A lot of grandparents will try to sort out issues themselves by approaching their kids to discuss the problems, but if this doesn’t work, where should they turn? Mediation presents a specialist who is able to assist everyone, look at things in a different way and focus on what the children require rather than their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the traditional court route and can assist to assist in better discussions, introducing calm and control, leading to arrangements that people can work with.

Mediation is usually very successful and both parties can settle misunderstandings, get a much better understanding of why the relationship broke down and of each other’s expectations moving forward.

Sometimes, nevertheless, mediation doesn’t 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 therefore will need 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 damaging impact on the broader household. Grandparents will likewise require to reveal that mediation has been attempted prior to applying to court, or that there was a specific reason that it wasn’t.

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

One of the sad, and typically unintentional, 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, nevertheless, mediation doesn’t work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts constantly have the child’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 won’t have a damaging impact on the wider family. Grandparents will likewise need to show that mediation has been tried prior to using to court, or that there was a particular reason that it wasn’t.

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About Mediation in WikiPedia

Mediation 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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