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If you are having difficulties with separation or divorce which is impacting you and your children we can assist. It’s best not to attempt to go this alone, our skilled and experienced arbitrators can help you through this procedure.

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Grandparents mediation

How can mediation assistance grandparents?

One of the unfortunate, and frequently unexpected, problems 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 use an unique relationship to kids. They have more time and perseverance, 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– generally because of the divorce or separation of their own children or some other family argument.

This is especially disheartening as we all understand that moms and dads typically rely greatly on assistance from their own moms and dads to look after their grandchildren. 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 taking care of their grandchildren is rising sharply, increasing by 49% since 2009, however 99% of grandparent childminders remain overdue, saving the country around ₤ 17 billion in childcare.

It is easy to understand why loss of contact with grandkids can be heartbreaking for them and for the grandparents, who in fact have no automated 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 look like there is nothing that grandparents can do to re-establish that contact, but there are a number of methods forward.

Mediation specialists can assist grandparents

Many grandparents will attempt to sort out concerns themselves by approaching their children to talk about the problems, however if this does not work, where should they turn? Family feuds can already be warmed, and blame is frequently part of the argument. Lawsuits, and court, is often not the best method forward and can in fact sustain the fire. It is also costly and can take a long period of time. Mediation introduces a specialist who is able to assist everybody, look at things in a different way and concentrate on what the children require instead of their distinctions. It is less adversarial than the conventional court route and can help to assist in better discussions, presenting calm and control, leading to arrangements that individuals can work with.

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

In some cases, 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 therefore will need grandparents to show 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 destructive effect on the larger family. Grandparents will also need to show that mediation has been tried prior to 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 reason, contact our mediation experts now. We can discuss your own scenario and recommend whether we feel that mediation can help you and your household.

One of the unfortunate, and typically unexpected, issues 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. 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 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 harmful impact on the broader household. Grandparents will also need to reveal that mediation has been tried before using to court, or that there was a particular reason 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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