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Our family mediation service is quicker and more cost-effective than heading to court. It lowers conflict, and your family remains in control of plans over kids, home and financing.

We work right throughout England and our family mediation service has over thirty years’ experience providing specialist, professional household mediation services.

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How can mediation help grandparents?

Among the unfortunate, and typically unexpected, problems 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 use a special relationship to children. They have more time and persistence, and a various, more accepting perspective.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

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

This is especially discouraging as we all know that moms and dads often rely greatly on assistance from their own moms and dads to look after their grandchildren. In fact, 97% of parents get some sort of help, according to Grandparentsplus. This may just be selecting the kids up from school, giving them some food and keeping them occupied for an hour or so up until their moms and dads choose them up when they finish work. Some grandparents are far more hands on though, caring for the kids for the entire day, every day, whilst parents work.

According to Gransnet, the number of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren is increasing greatly, increasing by 49% given that 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders stay unsettled, saving the nation around ₤ 17 billion in child care.


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 parent to decline a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it may seem like there is absolutely nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, but there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation specialists can help grandparents

The majority of grandparents will attempt to figure out problems themselves by approaching their children to talk about the issues, but if this does not work, where should they turn? Family feuds can currently be heated up, and blame is often part of the argument. Lawsuits, and court, is often not the best way forward and can in fact sustain the fire. It is also costly and can take a very long time. Mediation presents a specialist who has the ability to help everyone, look at things in a different way and concentrate on what the children need instead of their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the conventional court path and can assist to assist in better conversations, presenting calm and control, causing arrangements that individuals can deal with.

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

In some cases, nevertheless, mediation does not work, and grandparents can then take a look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts always have the child’s best interests at heart and so will require grandparents to reveal that they did have a meaningful 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 household. Grandparents will also need to reveal that mediation has been attempted prior to applying to court, or that there was a particular factor that it wasn’t.

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

One of the sad, and often unexpected, problems when a relationship breaks down, is the suffering that children 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 child’s finest interests at heart and so will need grandparents to show that they did have a meaningful relationship with the grandchild prior to contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and won’t have a harmful impact on the wider family. Grandparents will also require to reveal that mediation has been attempted before using to court, or that there was a particular factor that it wasn’t.

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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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