Children are not automatically involved in the mediation but the mediators can discuss with you how to talk to your children about the changes that will be happening and help them to understand those changes.

Parents can also use mediation to discuss any issues directly affecting children, for example, contact arrangements, education, health, special occasions etc. Parents can also discuss any issues in respect of maintenance and financial implications following their separation.

We will help parents to work through a co-parenting plan to ensure that both parents can continue to co-parent their children despite their separation.

It is important that the views of any children are taken into account in respect of issues that directly involve them and at Family Matters we have mediators trained to consult with children. These mediators will see children and feed their views (with permission) back into the mediation process if this is considered to be appropriate.