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We assist households in conflict, specifically those separating or separating.

Our family mediation service is quicker and more economical than heading to court. It reduces dispute, and your household remains in control of plans over children, residential or commercial property and financing.

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

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How can mediation assistance grandparents?

Among the sad, and frequently unintended, concerns 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 provide a special relationship to kids. They have more time and persistence, and a different, more accepting perspective.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

The fact is that there are around one million grandparents in the UK who state they no longer have contact with their grandchildren– more often than not because of the divorce or separation of their own kids or some other family argument.

This is particularly discouraging as all of us know that parents frequently rely heavily on aid from their own moms and dads to look after their grandchildren. 97% of parents get some sort of help, according to Grandparentsplus. This may just be choosing the kids up from school, giving them some food and keeping them occupied for an hour approximately until their moms and dads pick them up when they end up work. Some grandparents are much more hands on though, looking after the children for the entire day, every day, whilst moms and dads work.

According to Gransnet, the number of grandparents looking after their grandchildren is increasing sharply, increasing by 49% because 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders stay unsettled, saving 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 really have no automated 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 might 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 can help grandparents

Many grandparents will attempt to sort out concerns themselves by approaching their children to talk about the issues, however if this doesn’t work, where should they turn? Bad blood can already be heated up, and blame is often part of the argument. Litigation, and court, is frequently not the very best method forward and can actually fuel the fire. It is likewise costly and can take a very long time. Mediation presents an expert who is able to help everybody, look at things differently and concentrate on what the kids need rather than their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the standard court path and can help to facilitate much better discussions, presenting calm and control, resulting in arrangements that people can deal with.

Mediation is normally 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 moving forward.

In some cases, nevertheless, 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 best interests at heart therefore will require grandparents to show that they did have a significant 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 larger family. Grandparents will also require to reveal that mediation has been attempted before applying to court, or that there was a specific 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 recommend whether we feel that mediation can help you and your family.

One of the unfortunate, and often unintended, 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 discover 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 always have the kid’s finest 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 destructive impact on the larger household. Grandparents will likewise need to show that mediation has actually been attempted prior to 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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