Access Mediation South Shields

We deal with many cases of couples separation and the the future of the child is not always considered. The child’s future should be one of the most important things parents consider while separating and we can provide solutions for parents on this matter.

When couples with children decide to separate, it can be a challenging and emotional process for everyone involved. One of the most difficult aspects of separation can be figuring out arrangements for child access and custody. This is where Lakes child access mediation can play an essential role.

Our team at Lakes Mediation South Shields will discuss child access mediation. We will take you through everything you need to know about this process, including the benefits, the process, and why choosing the right mediator matters.

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What is child access mediation and why it can be beneficial.

When it comes to matters of child custody, emotions can run high and make it difficult to reach a resolution. This is where child access mediation comes in. It is a process where parents work with us as a neutral third-party mediator to develop a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of their child. Unlike a court battle, mediation allows parents to have control over the outcome rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge. Not only can it lead to a quicker resolution, but it can also be less stressful for everyone involved. Lakes Mediation South Shields provides a safe and confidential environment where parents can communicate effectively and find common ground. The benefits of child access mediation are numerous and can lead to a more positive and cooperative co-parenting relationship in the long run.

The Process of Child Access Mediation

The mediation process varies from one mediator to another, but the general process is as follows:


Both parties meet and are introduced to our mediator, who outlines the rules and objectives of the mediation.


The parents discuss their concerns, interests, and needs regarding custody arrangements. Then, we ensure that each side has spoken their thoughts and clarified their grievances.

Idea Generation

In this stage, both parents brainstorm with us and propose ideas to solve the problems.


Once the ideas are generated, then we review them and creates a list of probable solutions.


If both parties agree to one of the solutions, then our mediator draws up a written agreement for both parties to sign.

Court Submission

Once a parenting plan is agreed upon, it's sent to court for approval. If approved, it becomes legally binding.

Why Lakes For Child Access Mediation South Shields?

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The child or children must not be forced to pick a side. It must be done in the interest of all the parties involved. All these issues are considered when you opt for Lakes Mediation South Shields. The mediators we provide are very professional and yet they are very friendly so that you can open up with all your problems.

Parental Alienation

It is very important for you to be very transparent about the problems you have so that the financial support is given accurately. A child does not have an opinion about his future and so we are here to help. We provide any help related to the divorce of a parent and the consequences to be handled.

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Our mediators are specialised in handling such situations and very experienced. They give you the space to make your own decisions and, if necessary, they intervene and make alterations in the interest of all the parties. Each and every factor is considered while planning for the future of those who don't have an opinion.

Why Choose lakes Mediation For child access South Shields?

Why Consider Child Access Mediation?

Divorce and child custody disputes can be a painful and challenging time for both parents and children. Using a trained mediator who is experienced in handling family disputes will enable both parties to find common ground and reach an agreement that best fits the child’s needs.

Mediation is particularly beneficial in situations where the parents want to maintain a working relationship, reduce stress and trauma to their children, and ensure that their parental rights are protected.

What is Child Access Mediation?

Child access mediation South Shields is a form of conflict resolution for separating or divorcing parents who are unable to reach a mutual agreement regarding child custody and access. The process involves engaging the services of a neutral third-party mediator who facilitates discussion around these issues.

The mediator does not take sides but instead helps the parents explore and eventually come up with a mutually acceptable plan that works for both parties and is in the best interest of the child. Mediation is a voluntary process, and any agreement reached requires the approval of both parents.


Is Child Access Mediation Legally Binding?

In most cases, child access mediation is not legally binding. This means that the parenting plan created during the process is not enforceable by law. However, some jurisdictions have made child access mediation legally binding through legislation. In these cases, the parenting plan created during mediation is considered a court order and can be enforced by law.

It is important to check with your local court system to determine whether child access mediation is legally binding in your area.

Benefits of Child access Mediation South Shields

The process can prove to be very complicated and we are here to make it simpler for you.

It is your duty to provide for the emotional support your child needs in such cases.

It is your duty to ensure that your child leads a good life ahead.

You have to stay strong in front of the children and teach them to do so as well.

The whole process of separation is made very easier through us.

Not telling your children exactly what is happening, is often a mistake.

The problem must be communicated to the children very transparently so that they have time to settle down.

You have to see things through their eyes and we’re here to help you.

We’ll help you to communicate the problem with your children in the way that helps them to understand the process without causing stress or fear.

Child access mediation South Shields FAQS

1. What is Child Access Mediation?

Child access mediation South Shields is a process where parents can work with a mediator to come to an agreement on arrangements regarding their children. The mediator is a neutral third party who helps facilitate communication and understanding between the parents. The goal of mediation is to make a plan that is in the best interest of the children while taking into account the parents’ concerns.

2. Who can attend child access mediation?

Child access mediation is available to parents and guardians who are looking to come to an agreement on arrangements regarding their children. Mediation can be used at any stage in the separation or divorce process, either before or after court proceedings. In some cases, children may also attend mediation sessions, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis.

3. What happens during child access mediation?

The process of child access mediation South Shields typically involves several meetings where the parents work with the mediator to come to an agreement on a parenting plan. During these meetings, the mediator will help the parents identify issues, clarify their concerns, and come up with potential solutions. The mediator will not decide what’s best for the children or make decisions. Instead, the mediator will facilitate a discussion between the parents so that they can create an agreement together.

4. What happens after child access mediation?

Once an agreement has been reached, the mediator will draft a consent order, which can then be submitted to the court for approval. If the agreement is approved by the court, the parenting plan will become legally binding.

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From Lakes Mediation Clients

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After our divorce I was seeing less and less of the children. Things were becoming strained and as I work shifts it was stressful. With Lakes help we sorted out an access plan within 2 short sessions thank you!
J. Evans
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The option of shuttle and online mediation made things possible for us. After years of arguments I was amazed that we reached a financial decision within a 4 sessions. We are now both able to move forward.
B. Smith
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When our relationship ended we were unable to come to an agreement on our business we built together. Lakes mediation held a safe and confidential space for us to come to a mutual agreement and avoid the stress and cost of court. Thank you!
V. Frazier
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