Our Family Mediation Services

CountryWide Mediation was among the very first family mediation services
to be set up in the nation and it is now one of the foremost suppliers of family mediation in the Rushden.

We have an unique depth of knowledge, ability and experience in resolving problems and resolving conflict and disputes within families.

All members of our household mediation group are professionally recognized (FMCA) through the Family Mediation Council.

We have our own dedicated mediation premises in a quiet yet main place, with 3 mediation rooms, different waiting areas, a reception area with additional seating and a back office.

We have the ability to offer first meeting/ MIAMs appointments (for individuals) within 24hours and visits for mediation conferences (for both celebrations), within 5 working days.

We provide both legally assisted and privately funded mediation covering all Rushden.

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How can mediation help grandparents?

Among the unfortunate, and often unintentional, 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 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 different, more accepting point of view.

One million grandparents have no contact with grandchildren

The fact 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 children or some other household argument.

This is especially discouraging as we all know that parents typically rely greatly on help from their own moms and dads to take care of their grandchildren. 97% of parents get some sort of assistance, according to Grandparentsplus. This may just be picking the kids up from school, providing some food and keeping them inhabited for an hour or so up until their moms and dads pick them up when they end up work. Some grandparents are much more hands on however, caring for the children for the whole day, every day, whilst parents work.

According to Gransnet, the variety of grandparents taking care of their grandchildren is rising dramatically, increasing by 49% considering that 2009, but 99% of grandparent childminders remain unpaid, saving 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 really have no automated 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, but there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation experts can help grandparents

Many grandparents will try to arrange out issues themselves by approaching their children to go over the issues, however if this does not work, where should they turn? Mediation introduces an expert who is able to assist everybody, look at things differently and focus on what the children need rather than their differences. It is less adversarial than the conventional court path and can assist to assist in better conversations, introducing calm and control, leading to arrangements that individuals can work with.

Mediation is typically very successful and both parties can iron out misconceptions, get a 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 take a look at making an application to court for a child-arrangements order. Courts constantly have the kid’s benefits at heart and so will require 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 wider household. Grandparents will also require to reveal that mediation has actually been tried before 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 factor, contact our mediation professionals now. We can discuss your own situation and encourage whether we feel that mediation can assist 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, 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 best interests at heart and so will require 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 will not have a detrimental result on the wider household. Grandparents will also need to show that mediation has actually 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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