Use family mediation for quicker results

We recently saw a dad for a Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting (MIAM) whose main priority was making arrangements to see his four year old son as quickly as possible. This dad  hasn’t seen his child for three weeks. He attended the MIAM to get the C100 form completed so that he could make an application to the court. He wanted to know how long it would be before the court made a decision.

Putting children first

Resolution, has this week released the results of a poll of young people aged 14-22 with experience of parental separation. The organisation, with 6,500 members who are family mediators, lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, hopes the insights will help parents understand the impact of divorce and separation from a child’s perspective.   

Celebrating grandparents

Sunday 4th October 2015, is Grandparents Day. Celebrated in the USA since 1978 and introduced to the UK in 1990 by the charity Age Concern, Grandparents Day is an opportunity for families and communities to honour and celebrate the 14 million grandparents in the UK.  Although not as commercially successful as Mother's and Father's Day, this year we’ve noticed businesses advertising specialised gifts and greeting cards for Grandparents.

Planning ahead for the holidays

As the summer holidays draw to a close, parents who have recently separated may already be thinking about the next school holidays, eg Christmas and New Year.  Even parents who have structured contact in place during term-time, often dread the prospect of organising days that carry emotional weight - in particular Christmas and birthdays.  Family mediation provides a safe environment to discuss child arrangements at any point in time including before, during or after separation.