Did you know that mediation is now the first step in resolving any dispute about the arrangements for a child, including contact and residence disputes?
It is no longer possible to apply to court about Family problems without first meeting with a Qualified Family Mediator for a MIAM - Mediation Information and Assessment Meeting. The initial meeting takes place with each parent on their own.
At the MIAM, the Qualified Mediators will help you as the parents to understand all of the benefits of mediating as an alternative to conflict and to avoid the need for expensive and unpleasant court proceedings.
Children 1st are the only city-based specialist Qualified Accredited Family Mediators who are trained to support separating couples resolve issues for their children including:
We are also specialists in child-centred Family Mediation and are qualified to involved children as part of the mediation process. Only a few mediators in the South West are qualified to do this.
With your permission, the Mediator will arrange to speak to your child (Child Inclusive Mediation) and ensuring their views are heard in the Mediation. In our experience, this helps parents in making decisions in the best interests of their children.
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