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Making a Light Through the Storm - Child Mediation & Building a Functional Family

The decision to separate is never easy, and facing that reality with children involved adds another layer of stress and heartache. Here at Green Light Mediation, we know all too well the emotional turmoil that comes with family breakdown. It's a time of confusion, anger, and sadness for everyone involved, especially the children.

The good news is, there is a better way to navigate this difficult transition. You can prioritise your children's well-being and create a healthy new family dynamic, even if you're no longer together. Here's how child mediation at Green Light can help:

Mediation Child Arrangements: A Faster - Less Formal Approach

Traditionally, resolving child residence or contact, previously called custody issues, often meant lengthy and expensive court battles. This can be incredibly stressful for everyone involved, and it rarely fosters healthy communication.

Child mediation offers a quicker, less stressful, more child-centred alternative. Our trained mediators provide a safe space for parents to work together on a parenting plan. This plan outlines important aspects of co-parenting after separation, including:

Contact arrangements: How much time will the children spend with each parent?

Education decisions: Will you have joint decision-making on schooling?

Daily routines: Creating consistency across both households for meals, bedtimes, and expectations.

Holidays & celebrations: Sharing birthdays, Christmases, and other special occasions, where do you start with that?

Extra-curricular activities: Deciding on and supporting your child's hobbies and interests.

This plan becomes a vital document that ensures both parents are "on the same page" when it comes to raising their child. It minimises confusion and conflict, creating a more stable environment for children to adjust to the new reality.

Amicable Separation - Putting Your Children First

While separation is never ideal, aiming for an amicable process is crucial. When parents prioritise communication and cooperation, they send a powerful message to their children. It shows them that even though things are changing, their well-being remains the top priority.

Remember, children are incredibly adaptable. With time and support, they can adjust to a new family dynamic where parents live apart but work together as a team. This can actually lead to a healthier environment, where children feel secure and loved by both parents, even in separate households.

Child Inclusive Mediation - Giving Your Child a Voice

For children over 10, and sometimes younger, child inclusive mediation takes things a step further. This progressive approach allows your child to have a separate meeting with the mediator. It's a chance for them to be heard and express their feelings about the new family situation.

This is incredibly important. Often, children feel caught in the middle, pulled between two loving parents. Child inclusive mediation helps them feel considered and valued, not disregarded. This can pave the way for a stronger, more secure relationship with both parents going forward. There has been lots of research to show that this model benefits children and young people.

Consider Mediation For Children

Here's the bottom line: Separation doesn't have to mean a “broken family” for your child. With Green Light Mediation, you can create a plan that prioritises your children's well-being. We'll help you develop a functional family dynamic that encourages healthy communication and minimises conflict. Let us help you guide your children through this storm and towards a brighter future. That can almost feel like an impossible dream in the midst of an angry or painful family breakdown situation, but clients are often surprised at what mediation can achieve.

Contact Green Light Mediation today to arrange an online consultation with one of our compassionate experts.

Phone: 01442 500059 | Email:


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