Child Consultation In Mediation Of Separating Parents – Case Study
Child inclusive mediation is very beneficial when separating parents of children over the age of 10 are struggling to reach agreement over their arrangements. Child consultation can be part of the mediation process where the children and parents agree that they can be seen by the mediators. Siblings can be seen separately or together in a private and confidential meeting.
When the children meet the mediator, it is in a relaxed and informal situation and the children are reassured that what is discussed is confidential and most important of all; they are not under any pressure to make a decision or choose one parent over the other. It is an opportunity to get things off their chests and ask any questions that they may not have felt comfortable asking their parents. They will be reassured and can end the session at any time they want to. We can conduct these consultations in a neutral and relaxed environment which works well as it is less intimidating than a more formal setting. We can conduct these sessions via video link if that is preferred.
The following case study highlights the value of child consultation and the damage that feuding parents can cause their children. All names have been changed to protect the privacy of the family.