Creating better outcomes for children through mediation
For parents going through a divorce/separation is one of the most difficult times of their lives, but, of course, it doesn’t just affect them, it has much wider implications, not least for any children of the family.
The negative consequences of a high conflict separation on children can be significant and long lasting.
Research studies show that these consequences include:
Where children can see that their parents are still working together, communicating positively and supportive of the child’s relationship with their other parent, the outcomes for the child become much more positive.
A mediator can help separating parents focus on the needs of the children and support and encourage discussions on new ways of communicating and working together, that works for them. They can create a parenting plan that meets the needs of their children in a constructive way to give them the best possible chance of being able to continue to work together as co-parents, for the sake of their children.
Why does mediation achieve better outcomes?
There are many benefits of mediation for parents and just as many for their children. The responsibility parents have to work together for the best interests of their children does not end when they separate. Their responsibility will inevitably become more difficult and will need managing in a different way and this is where mediation can help.
The MOJ Voucher scheme also provides a financial incentive for parents to try mediation. This scheme offers a voucher of £500 for each couple to supplement the costs of mediation. All the parents need to do is sign a consent form and the mediator will do the rest.
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