Child Centered Mediation
Child Centered Mediation is a completely confidential and voluntary process designed to provide clarity for the family as a whole and to help parents better understand how their child or children are experiencing divorce or separation. This process provides education and information to parents to protect their children during this difficult time and to set the child up for success post separation. It can greatly shield the child from the negative effects of any parental conflict while also showing the child the parents can work and problem solve together – this is extremely important during times of crises or trauma.
What Happens in Child Centered Mediation?
This mediation process includes 2 professionals: our mediator and a child specialist. Together, the mediator and the child specialist work with the family to focus on a child's developmental and emotional needs while considering any significant decision as it relates to custody, visitation, and parenting plan.
Neither the mediator nor the child specialist has decision making authority, but they provide experienced recommendations for the parents to consider and decide if the recommendations are appropriate for their family and situation. Therefore, the parents remain in control of the outcomes, but they receive expert assistance and guidance throughout the process.
How Do I Start Child Centered Mediation?
The Child Centered Mediation Process starts with a mediation orientation (book your appointment below), individual and joint meetings between professionals and the parents, individual meetings between the child/ren and the child specialist, and a overview meeting to review any child centered agreements and solutions. Feel free to contact us with any questions 630-891-2478.