Our Household Mediation Solutions

CountryWide Mediation was one of the first household mediation services
to be set up in the nation and it is now among the primary companies of family mediation in the Kirkby.

We have an unique depth of knowledge, ability and experience in dealing with and resolving problems conflict and conflicts within households.

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

We have our own dedicated mediation premises in a peaceful yet main area, with 3 mediation spaces, different waiting areas, a reception area with additional seating and a back workplace.

We have the ability to use first meeting/ MIAMs consultations (for people) within 24hours and visits for mediation meetings (for both parties), within 5 working days.

We provide both lawfully assisted and independently funded mediation covering all Kirkby.

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How can mediation aid grandparents?

Among the sad, and frequently unintentional, 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. Grandparents can offer an unique relationship to kids. They have more time and patience, and a different, more accepting point of view.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

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

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

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents caring for their grandchildren is increasing dramatically, increasing by 49% considering that 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders remain overdue, conserving the country 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 exposure to their grandchildren. It isn’t against the law for a parent to decline a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it may appear like there is absolutely nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, however there are a variety of ways forward.

Mediation specialists can help grandparents

A lot of grandparents will attempt to sort out concerns themselves by approaching their kids to discuss the issues, however if this doesn’t work, where should they turn? Mediation introduces a professional who is able to help everybody, look at things in a different way and focus on what the kids require rather than their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the standard court path and can assist to help with much better conversations, presenting calm and control, leading to contracts that people can work with.

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

In some cases, however, mediation doesn’t work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts always have the child’s benefits at heart and so will need grandparents to reveal 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 damaging effect on the broader household. Grandparents will likewise require to reveal that mediation has actually been attempted prior to applying to court, or that there was a particular reason that it wasn’t.

If you are a grandparent who has actually lost contact with your grandchildren, for whatever reason, contact our mediation professionals now. We can discuss your own scenario and encourage whether we feel that mediation can help you and your household.

One of the unfortunate, and typically unintended, problems 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 discover 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 meaningful relationship with the grandchild before contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and will not have a harmful effect on the wider household. Grandparents will also require to show that mediation has actually been attempted prior to applying to court, or that there was a specific reason 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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