After a divorce, parents often seek mediation to work out the details of their new life together, with the interests of their children always front in their minds.
As you can expect, kids are worried about the future as a result of the changes occurring in their household.
While their parents are in mediation, children who participate in “Child Inclusive Mediation” can express their feelings and offer their perspectives without having to make decisions or choose sides.
We recognise that in this time of change, children value the opportunity to voice their concerns and provide input on future plans.
Your mediator will discuss ways in which your children can be involved and, if you and your ex-spouse agree, will schedule separate meetings with your children.
Most of the time, these conferences are held in a neutral location, such an office or a school after hours, and they are scheduled at a time that is convenient for all parties involved.
Your mediator will have a conversation with your kids about the issues you both believe are important to discuss, such as the impact of a potential sale of the family home.
How do you think your kids will react to the fact that you’re no longer together?
When children are included in the mediation process, they have a voice. This is especially helpful because their worries won’t always be the same as yours.
Meetings with kids are private, so they can control how their thoughts and feelings are communicated to their parents.
When children were given a voice in the mediation process, their parents worked together to make their goals a reality.
From Lakes Mediation Clients