Family Mediation in Liverpool

Child related issues Sebastian Church Mediation
Contact Arrangement
A contact order is one of the many arrangements available to Family Courts. Such an arrangement basically allows the custodian to allow him/her have contact with whoever is named on the arrangement. If the child/children lives with one parent, for instance, a contact order may be necessary to allow the child see, visit or stay with the other parent. A contact arrangement is necessary if there is a disagreement between parents on whom the child should be in contact with.

Residence Order
A residence order is a ruling from the court on where a child will reside or live. Such an arrangement can be granted to more than one person, for instance, an unmarried couple. In most cases, such a ruling is meant to last until the child turns 16, unless in exceptional cases where the court rules that it continues longer.

A residence order can also prevent anyone from changing the childs surname within this period without an arrangement from the court or a mutual agreement of everyone given the parental responsibility of the child.

However, this doesnt apply in Scotland as a resident arrangement does not hinder a change in the childs surname.

Specific Issue
A specific issue arrangement is granted by the court if there is a disagreement between parents on a specific aspect of the child/childrens upbringing.

It gives direction for a specific question about any aspect of parental responsibility for the child. Such an order can be made with a child contact/arrangement order. In such cases where the parents do not agree, the childs welfare is the top priority of the court.

Prohibited Steps Arrangement
A prohibited order is issued when one parent is in objection to action(s) carried out by the other parent concerning the children/child. It may be against anyone and doesnt involve just parents of the child. A good example is an order preventing a parent from taking the child out of the country or out of their school.

Parental Responsibility Arrangement
If you are a parent, not married to your partner and your child does not stay with you, you may not have any rights to make important decisions concerning the child. For this purpose, you can apply to the court to grant you a parental responsibility order.

Also, getting a residence arrangement automatically gives you parental responsibility for the child. More than one person can have parental responsibility for a child. In other words, a stepmother or any member of the family who obtains a residence order will also have parental responsibility.

Contact order
Usually given to non-custodial parents, guardians or relatives. It details the days and periods of time that can be spent with a child approved mediator and whether or not these allocated times will be supervised or not. A contact order can be determined through established mediation sessions or directly through a childrens court.

Residence arrangement.
This determines where and with what person(s)a child/children shall live. When issued it can be allocated to one parent or shared, meaning that a child can potentially live at different places for set periods.

The holder of a residence order will have parental responsibility and they can be entitled to take a child under their care out of the country for a period ranging up to one month without asking the permission of the other parent as long as it does not interfere with any established contact orders.

Parental Responsibility order.
This identifies the rights and responsibilities of being a legal guardian or recognised parent to a child. It details such things as a childs education, medical care requirements, travel restrictions, contacts with relatives and where they can live. A non-custodial parent or guardian is entitled to be consulted on all these aspects and if agreement can not be reached the overall decision can be determined by independent mediation or through the courts.

Prohibited Steps arrangement.
This is a court order that prohibits a parent from carrying out a certain activity with a child without the permission of the other parent. This arrangement is most commonly given when there is a belief that one parent intends to leave the area or move overseas with the child. It can also apply in such cases where a parent is not honouring visitation rights or other requirements set out by a court.

Specific Issue orders.
This deals with individual questions that relate to a childs upbringing. Common issues relating to this often deal with such things as a childs religious upbringing and the determination of a childs last name. When dealing with questions relating to the upbringing a court will be guided by specific child protection legislation as well as considering the overall welfare.

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What Is Mediation for children related issues?
Many separating couples utilize mediation to help solve their separation-related issues, for example, support, property division, and kid authority. In separate intercession, life partners procure a neutral outsider (the go-between) to enable them to talk about and resolve their differences. Most separation arbiters are experienced family law lawyers, who have finished specific intercession preparing.

Not at all like a judge or authority, a middle person doesnt decide but instead enables couples to achieve their particular understandings. Mediation is effective as people can deal with a specific issue and move on.

In spite of the fact that child mediation is typically voluntary, in a few states, guardians must finish a compulsory intervention process under the steady gaze of a judge can give a court arrangement. In either case, the means engaged with the intercession procedure are the same:

(a) Meet the mediator
(b) Recognize and classify the challenged issues
(c) Talk about the solution with an open mind.

The measure of time spent in intervention relies upon a few elements, From the number to the multifaceted nature of the care issues and the guardians ability to achieve an assertion.
Overview Of Sebastian Church Family Mediation {name}, Benefits And Options
Confidential
Confidentiality and impartiality is a critical element when it comes to successful family mediation {name}. Therefore all parties should take it very seriously. Mediators always assure the participants that the issues discussed will not and cannot be disclosed to others so they can talk openly making it a confidential process they can trust.

Typically, during divorce or separation, people will reveal events or topics that they would not want to disclose to anyone. Going through mediation {name} will ensure that your fears and concerns about confidentiality are well taken care of unlike in the court process.

Impartial.
Impartiality is one of the most common features of family mediation {name}. During the process of separation, both of you will want a person that is independent and helping you solve issues. Our Family Mediators practice the process in a way that reduces any manifestation of bias.

Safe
The mediation process {name} is a safe environment place to discuss issues with your ex-partner. The process gives you the opportunity to discuss and figure out clear pictures of crucial things that you couldn’t even talk about like children, finances and living arrangements. The mediator will make you feel safe and feel that you are doing things in the right way and the best way possible.

Cost-effective
Compared to going to Solicitors or court {name}, Family mediation is cost effective as it does not include the costs of hiring Solicitors and any other unnecessary fees. The amount that you will pay a mediator is not anywhere near the amount you will spend in the court. Our fees are on our website.

Voluntary
Family Mediation {name} is a voluntary process and will only occur if both parties agree. The issues discussed in the process are confidential and cannot be addressed in any other party. You will decide whether to undergo mediation and if you and your partner don’t reach an agreement, you can still proceed to the family court. So it’s up to you to decide whether to engage mediation or not but it does work and has many advantages.

Less stress
The mediation process offers less stress compared to long court cases that may take years to finish. You and your ex-partner can decide to undergo mediation, and during this time, you will choose the time that you will be attending the meetings.

Compared to court cases that you will have to prepare long documents and find Solicitors to help you, mediation is stress-free and straightforward and won’t take all of your energy.

Quicker
Compared to other conflict resolution methods like courts, mediation is more immediate and you both make the decisions. It will take a few meetings for the mediation process as it does not involve going to the court, filing evidence and waiting for hearing etc.

You maintain decision making
The work of the mediator is to help YOU BOTH reach an agreement. In the end, you retain full powers of decision making. You will be the one to decide on what to agree on and what to dispute.

A mediator may give you advice on specific issues, but you will be the one to make the final decision unlike in other dispute resolution methods that a determination may be imposed on you.

Same room or separate room
For some couples Mediation could be a highly charged situation. By the time you and your ex-partner separate you may not be in a talking position so we offer a safe and working solution.

Unlike in the court where both of you may need to be present, mediation offers you a chance to mediate in the same room or different rooms. If you don’t feel like being in the same place with your ex-partner, you can choose to be in a separate room, and the process will be conducted from there.
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