Family Mediation Day 2: What about the children?

Children|Divorce|Mediation|January 22nd 2019

Family breakdown is never easy and often it is extremely stressful and painful for everyone involved, parents and children. Everyone needs help and guidance, from friends, counsellors, therapists and lawyers.

Mediation can help enormously, providing a real viable alternative to court proceedings which can often exasperate the inevitable consequences of family breakdown: fear, anger, betrayal, worry and anxiety about the future but most of all anxiety about how the children will cope.

Court proceedings and endless correspondence between solicitors can do nothing to help with those very common and very understandable emotions. Mediation can.

Mediation is ideally and uniquely equipped to be able to help parents focus on the needs of their children and to involve the children.

Specially trained Mediators can see the children in confidence and speak to them about how they feel, what they would like their parents to do and how they see the future.  Those views can then be fed back to the parents if the children agree.

In this way, the parents can make informed decisions about the future knowing and taking into account what their children have said.

This is in addition to all the other benefits of family mediation:

  • It is quicker
  • It is cheaper

As part of Family Mediation Week, and the initiative of the Family Mediators Association (FMA), there is a wealth of very helpful material available including:

Meet our mediators

Here at Stowe Family Law we strongly support the use of mediation when managing a relationship breakdown, and are pleased to have the following mediators in our team:

National Family Mediation Week 21- 25th January 2019, Click here to find out everything you need to know about Family Mediation and how it can help.

Graham Coy

22 January 2019

Author: Graham Coy

Graham is based at the firm's London Chancery Lane office. His career as a family law specialist has spanned three decades. He is an experienced advocate, mediator and arbitrator who has worked in all areas of family law.

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