Information and advice for parenting and divorce

Going through a divorce can be one of the most challenging times in a person's life, especially when children are involved. At Mediation First, we understand the complexities and emotional toll that divorce proceedings can have on families. Our goal is to provide you with guidance and support to help you navigate your next steps.

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Parenting and divorce

Making a Parenting Plan

Making a parenting plan

What to Do If Your Child Refuses Contact with the Other Parent

What to do if your child refuses contact with the other parent

Grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren: a complete guide

Grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren: a complete guide

Child-inclusive mediation

A Guide to Child-inclusive Mediation

A Guide to child-inclusive mediation

What Questions Does a Mediator Ask a Child?

What questions does a mediator ask a child?

Moving forward with mediation

What is mediation? How it can help solve disputes

What is mediation? How it can help solve disputes

The benefits of mediation

The benefits of mediation

The family mediation process: explained

The family mediation process: explained

Arranging finances and property

The Complete Guide To Spousal Maintenance

The complete guide to spousal maintenance

What Happens to Property in a Divorce

What happens to property in a divorce

A Guide to Financial Settlements & Arrangements in a Divorce

A guide to financial settlements & arrangements in a divorce

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Facing parenting and divorce challenges? Our team offers both online and in person family mediation services to help you find amicable solutions from the comfort of your home. Flexible and accessible, our services are designed to ease the process for families in transition.

Reach out today at 0330 320 7600, email or, fill out our online form on our contact page.

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How can I make the divorce process easier for my children?

The key to easing the divorce process for children lies in maintaining open, age-appropriate communication. It’s important to explain the situation in terms they can understand, without overwhelming them with details or adult concerns. Maintaining as much stability in their daily routines as possible helps provide a sense of normalcy.

Prioritising effective co-parenting strategies that focus on the children’s well-being is crucial for their adjustment and long-term health.

Who is responsible for child arrangements in a divorce?

Child arrangements might be sole or shared, involving both the authority to make significant decisions about the children's upbringing, and decisions on where the children will live. If parents can’t agree on arrangements through child mediation, the court will make a decision based on what it deems best for the child, potentially involving evaluations and recommendations from child welfare professionals.

How should we handle financial support for the children?

Child support is a legal obligation, calculated based on guidelines that consider the financial situation of both parents, the number of children, and their needs. These guidelines are designed to ensure that children maintain a standard of living similar to what they would have experienced if the family remained together.

The process involves declaring income, understanding allowable deductions, and considering special expenses such as healthcare, education, and extracurricular activities. If circumstances change significantly for either parent, child support amounts can be adjusted.