Children’s Arrangements

Children and Parent (or child only) mediation New Landscape Family Mediation in Essex is designed for parents who want their children to have the greatest possible chance of retaining a solid relationship with both parents following their separation or divorce.

The fear of one parent that that this might not happen, and that they will lose contact with their children as part of the fallout of the separation, is why this issue is such a prominent feature of expensive and traumatic divorce proceedings in the Courts.

Mediation termed “Children’s Arrangements” means simply that the entire focus of discussions in mediation are on ensuring the your children have every possible opportunity of retaining a solid and healthy relationship with you both going forward. Importantly, decisions made in Children’s Arrangements centre as much as possible around the voices of your children and that which they are saying they want for themselves  — as much as is practicable and possible.

Beginning with your MIAM, we will work with you to develop a personalised mediation process that will allow your family to determine for itself whether to create a highly detailed co-parenting plan that covers all possible eventualities, or to simply work through one or two clearly identifiable issues. Either way, we recognise that few families wish to turn over control of how the children spend time with their parents to the courts and will work to provide you with the best arrangements possible for your children’s needs.

In children mediation we can help you answer questions like:

  • Where will the children live, and who with?
  • How do we create a workable parenting plan based around the children’s needs?
  • How do we manage shared care for the children?
  • What do we tell family and friends, and what is the best way to tell them?
  • How do we handle holidays and other “special” days like Christmas or Birthdays?
  • Maintenance: Who pays, how much, and for how long?
  • How do we navigate Step Family issues and New Partners?

For more information about mediation for Arrangements for Children, (whether on its own or in conjunction with Property and Finance mediation), please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section or telephone the office on 01279 211 657 for a fully confidential, no obligation conversation or to arrange a MIAM.

Alternatively, you can complete the contact form and request a call back.

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