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How can mediation aid grandparents?

Among the sad, and frequently unexpected, issues 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 offer a special relationship to kids. They have more time and persistence, and a various, 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 state 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 disheartening as we all know that moms and dads frequently rely greatly on aid from their own parents to look after their grandchildren. 97% of moms and dads get some sort of aid, according to Grandparentsplus. This might just be picking the kids up from school, giving them some food and keeping them occupied for an hour approximately up until their parents choose them up when they complete work. Some grandparents are even more hands on though, taking care of the children for the entire day, every day, whilst moms and dads work.

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents looking after their grandchildren is rising dramatically, increasing by 49% given that 2009, however 99% of grandparent childminders remain unsettled, conserving the nation 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 moms and dad to decline a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it might look like there is nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, but there are a variety of ways forward.

Mediation experts can help grandparents

Many grandparents will try to arrange out issues themselves by approaching their kids to discuss the issues, but if this doesn’t work, where should they turn? Mediation introduces a professional who is able to assist everyone, look at things in a different way and focus on what the kids need rather than their differences. It is less adversarial than the traditional court path and can help to facilitate much better discussions, presenting calm and control, leading to contracts that people can work with.

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

Sometimes, however, mediation does not work, and grandparents can then look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts always have the child’s best interests at heart therefore will need grandparents to show that they did have a meaningful relationship with the grandchild before contact was lost which re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and will not have a harmful effect on the wider family. Grandparents will likewise require to reveal that mediation has actually been attempted before applying to court, or that there was a specific reason that it wasn’t.

If you are a grandparent who has actually lost contact with your grandchildren, for whatever factor, call our mediation experts now. We can discuss your own circumstance and recommend 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 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. Sometimes, however, 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 and so will require grandparents to reveal that they did have a significant relationship with the grandchild prior to contact was lost and that re-establishing it will benefit the grandchild and won’t have a damaging result on the wider family. Grandparents will likewise require to reveal that mediation has been tried 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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