Our Family Mediation Solutions

CountryWide Mediation was one of the first household mediation services
to be set up in the nation and it is now one of the primary service providers of family mediation in the Royal Leamington Spa.

We have an incomparable depth of understanding, skill and experience in fixing and fixing issues conflict and conflicts within households.

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

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

We are able to use first conference/ MIAMs consultations (for people) within 24hours and appointments for mediation meetings (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We supply both lawfully aided and privately funded mediation covering all Royal Leamington Spa.

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How can mediation aid grandparents?

One of the sad, and often 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 discover they are no longer part of their grandchildren’s lives. Grandparents can provide an unique relationship to children. They have more time and perseverance, 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– generally because of the divorce or separation of their own kids or some other household argument.

This is particularly discouraging as we all know that moms and dads typically rely greatly on assistance from their own parents to look after their grandchildren. In fact, 97% of parents get some sort of help, according to Grandparentsplus. This may simply be choosing the kids up from school, providing some food and keeping them inhabited for an hour or so till their parents pick them up when they complete work. Some grandparents are far more hands on though, looking after the kids for the whole day, every day, whilst moms and dads work.

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents caring for their grandchildren is rising dramatically, increasing by 49% since 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders remain unpaid, conserving 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 actually have no automatic right to exposure to their grandchildren. It isn’t against the law for a parent to refuse a grandparent contact with their grandchildren, and it may appear like there is nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, but there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation specialists can help grandparents

Many grandparents will attempt to sort out issues 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 frequently part of the argument. Lawsuits, and court, is frequently not the very best way forward and can in fact fuel the fire. It is likewise costly and can take a very long time. Mediation presents an expert who has the ability to help everybody, take a look at things differently and focus on what the children need rather than their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the conventional court path and can help to assist in better conversations, presenting calm and control, causing agreements that people can work with.

Mediation is generally 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, 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 child’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 will not have a destructive impact on the broader family. Grandparents will also require 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 lost contact with your grandchildren, for whatever reason, call our mediation experts now. We can discuss your own situation and advise whether we feel that mediation can help you and your family.

One of the sad, and often unintentional, 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 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 child’s best interests at heart and so 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 won’t have a destructive effect on the broader family. Grandparents will also require to show that mediation has actually been attempted before using to court, or that there was a particular factor 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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