Research has shown that when parents separate children can feel as though they do not have a voice in the arrangements that are made. They can feel very isolated and have anxieties about how those arrangements will impact on their lives. They can also feel very torn between their parents and may tell each one what they think they want to hear, rather than what they really want to happen. Child Inclusive Mediation is an opportunity for them to talk to someone who is independent. It can be especially helpful for older children.
If both parents agree that Child Inclusive Mediation is suitable the mediator will see the child or children on their own to ask them about their wishes and feelings. This is not about children making decisions, but it provides an unbiased view of their child’s perspective of the situation for the parents attending mediation.
For more information about Child Inclusive Mediation, please contact me.