Family Mediation

At Children1st we recognise that no matter how long it is since you separated it is normal for there to be difficult times and strong feelings, particularly when you are struggling to find some mutual ground about contact with children and in relation to finalise finances as part of divorce.

We aim to work at your pace to help you to unblock possible road blocks and to pave a new way forward together. We don’t judge, take any one side or tell you what to do. We help you both to stay in control of the decisions.

How it works

What is it?

Family Mediation is an opportunity for parents who are separating/ separated or divorcing family to sort out the practical issues, such as arranging access to children and resolving any financial issues in a way which works for everyone.

Family Mediators helps parents/carers to reach well-informed decisions that are practical and seem fair to both of them, without taking sides or trying to influence their decisions in any way.

The parents/carers work together with the mediator to identify what needs to be settled, explore the options available, discuss individual and collective concerns, and consider ways of reaching agreement on the things each feel need to be resolved.

Family Mediation helps parents to stay in control over the decisions without the need for these decisions to be settled through solicitors or in court. Even if your case has already gone to court, its not too late to mediate.

Where appropriate we also consider speaking to the children.

Child Welfare Mediation

This is for parents/carers where there is difficult in resolving the arrangements for children as a result of allegations founded or unfounded about the safety and well-being of children. These concerns may be raised by either parents/carers or professionals, including Social Workers.

The concerns often relate to difficulties in the parents/carers own lives, or behaviour towards one another, which may be affecting their ability to focus on the arrangements for their children.

Child Welfare Mediation is managed by trained skilled Family Mediators who are also trained in Child Protection and Child inclusive Mediation.

“You have helped to change my view of mediation”
“We were so impressed by how the mediator worked and can’t quite believe how well
things are working now after only 1 meeting.”