Can I Bring My Sister To Mediation?
In most cases, outside parties and other members of the family who are not directly involved in the decisions being made will not be invited to observe the Family Mediation sessions. Family mediation’s primary objective is to provide you and your ex-spouse with assistance in identifying and evaluating potential options and approaches to problems that you can live with.
The presence of a third party that is not directly involved in the arrangement or the conclusion might be disruptive to the conversations that are taking place at the moment, which shifts the attention away from being on you and your ex-partner. Both sides should have the impression that they can speak freely and openly, and every conversation should take place in a way that is fair and balanced.
Needing said that, the sides’ attorneys or other professionals do sometimes assist in participating the sessions if that is required. For instance, if the Mediation is concerning making financial choices and the property or accounts are particularly complicated, the parties’ attorneys or other experts may attend the sessions on their clients’ behalf. If there is a need for it, a translator can also be present if there is a need for it; however, they must be professionally competent and registered translators who are not otherwise associated with the persons who are participating in the Mediation. A prior consensus on any such agreements is required to be reached between all of the parties and the Mediator.
Family Mediation is not just for a child’s biological parents; step-parents, step-grandparents, and/or grandparents who are looking for a settlement are also able to benefit from Family Mediation.
Are children allowed in family mediation sessions?
If you plan to use our service to talk about how your children will be cared for, you might want to think about including them in the conversation, taking into account how old they are and how much they understand. This will allow them to have their voices heard and give them a chance to express their preferences. It is feasible for this to happen; nevertheless, it is essential that you seek the guidance of a Child Inclusive Mediator. This service is one that can be provided by Sam Miles, who works as a Partner and Family Mediator.
A meeting with the Child Inclusive Mediator is scheduled if both parents have reached an agreement that their child is able to participate in family mediation and after the child has also expressed their willingness to do so. During this discussion, kids will be encouraged to address the problem in an open and honest manner, how they are feeling, and explore their thoughts on the decisions that will directly effect them in the future.
If the child wishes for anything they say or do during these meetings to be kept private, the Mediator is obligated to comply with their request. If a youngster is having trouble adjusting to their new life, even just the act of meeting with a neutral third party who they can talk to can be of immense assistance to them. It is also a great opportunity for you, as a parent, to gain valuable insight into the influence that these conversations are having on your children.
I would love for someone to come to my MIAM with me.
The initial stage of family mediation consists of a meeting called the Mediation Information Assessment Meeting (MIAM). This is the meeting in which you will discuss what you expect to achieve in Mediation and what arrangements you want to adopt; the Mediator will also take into account your own circumstances before outlining how Mediation could help you. This is a one-on-one meeting, and the only people who will typically be present are you and the Mediator. There are several situations in which your Family Mediator could be pleased if you brought a friend or relative with you to this meeting.
Our serivice provides a neutral environment in which you and your spouse can both have your voices heard, and we will, more often than not, arrive at a resolution that you and your spouse are both comfortable with and consider to be workable for you and your family. All of this can be accomplished while avoiding the time and expense involved in going to court.
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