Mediation Newcastle upon Tyne in the Matter of Child Arrangements

Who will be in charge of the children?

According to English law, there is no such thing as custody. Both in court and mediation Newcastle upon Tyne, you as parents will be asked to consider the arrangements that you will put in place for your children because your children have a right to see both of you consistently.

If you choose to go through mediation Newcastle we will work with you as parents to determine the best arrangements for your children. The arrangements may include the lengths of time your children spend with each of you, as well as arrangements for school holidays, international vacations, birthdays, celebration days, and religious holidays, among other things. These conversations can be difficult to have at times, and this is where mediation can be of assistance.

We will speak with you about the issues that are causing difficulties in making arrangements. A lack of communication, whether verbal or written, can make arrangements difficult, and new partners may bring about changes to arrangements that have previously worked well for you. Communication is key.

When parents disagree about what they want for their children, they often believe that a court order is the only way to resolve the conflict. This is not always the case. Time and time again, the practice of mediation Newcastle upon Tyne has demonstrated that this is simply not the case. It is possible for us to assist you and support you through those difficult conversations while maintaining the focus on the well-being of your children.

Maintaining a healthy balance between parenting and mediation Newcastle upon Tyne

Many married couples face the complication of taking children into consideration during divorce mediation, and couples in same-sex civil partnerships may also have children to take into consideration during the mediation process. Depending on the specific nature of both parents‘ relationships with the child – including their legal status as registered guardians or adoptive parents – the outcome of family mediation Newcastle upon Tynecan be influenced significantly. Nonetheless, in any separation involving children, their welfare should take precedence, and mediation Newcastle sessions should be scheduled in a way that does not subject the child to undue stress. We recognise that separating with children (including adopted children and stepchildren) and balancing the mediation Newcastle process with your parental responsibilities can be extremely difficult.

We can assist you with every step of the procedure.

Understandably, your first and foremost concern following a relationship breakdown is the stability and well-being of your children. When parents are unable to come to an agreement on childcare, a Child Arrangements Order can be sought, which allows the court to determine where a child will live and with whom he or she can spend time, as well as how long that time can be spent. You will be better prepared to achieve a favourable outcome if you seek the advice and guidance of our experienced attorneys. Best Solicitors will work tirelessly on your behalf once they have been instructed.

Managing mediation Newcastle upon Tyne in the context of childcare

Taking childcare into consideration from the beginning can make the process of divorce and dissolution mediation Newcastle go much more smoothly. If this is the case, your mediator will work with you to ensure that it is so. Sessions can be scheduled at a time when your child is at school, with a relative, or even after they have gone to bed, for instance.

Remote divorce mediation Newcastle upon Tyne is an excellent way to accomplish this because you do not have to leave your home in order to participate in a remote divorce mediation session via telephone or webcam.

It was common to see the use of remote mediation Newcastle upon Tyne rockets during the initial covid lockdown period, however as the pandemic eases, it continues to be a viable option for those who have significant time constraints, including such parental responsibilities.

Keeping kids busy

Ideally, if the child will not be participating in the mediation Newcastle session, they should be occupied somewhere else for the duration, so that you are not interrupted or distracted.

Older children may be able to pass the time by watching television, playing video games, or reading a book in their room or in the living room, with the understanding that their activity should not interfere with your mediation Newcastle session.

If there are no social distancing restrictions in place, it may be possible to leave younger children in the care of a relative, such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle who lives nearby; alternatively, if there is no other option, it may be possible to wait until they are asleep if there is no other option.

Involving children in the process of mediation Newcastle

Our opinion is that if the mediation Newcastle upon Tyne process will have an impact on the children – for example, if it will determine their future residential arrangements following a divorce – then including them in the discussions can be beneficial.

Obviously, they are not required to attend every session, but allowing your divorce mediator to speak with your children may help to uncover any anxieties they may be experiencing as well as provide insight into where they would prefer to live in the future.

In many cases, children are reluctant to express themselves directly to their parents for fear of upsetting them – so remember that you can ask your family mediator to speak with them on your behalf instead of speaking with them directly.

Even if the child does not have strong opinions about what should happen next, it is important for them to feel heard and involved in the process, as well as to be reassured that divorce does not necessarily mean the end of family life, but rather the beginning of more peaceful home life with their parents. Please get in touch with us right away to see how we can assist you.

What we can do to assist you

If you and your ex-partner are having difficulty reaching a final agreement on your financial, asset, and child distribution arrangements, we are here to assist. Experiencing the end of a relationship is difficult, and our mediators are here to help you navigate the process and reach an agreement that both you and your ex-partner are satisfied with.

Our family mediation Newcastle upon Tyne process will assist you both in communicating more effectively in the interest of not only yourselves but also, if applicable, your children during this difficult time in your lives. When you enter into a contract with us, you can be confident that you are making the right decision because we follow a thorough process. Based on our many years of experience, we can confidently state that mediation Newcastle is effective.