As part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019, we focus on the wellbeing of children whose parents are going through a divorce or more…
Child contact disputes
When parents separate, children inevitably get caught in the middle. Situations concerning childcare and parenting can be fraught with tension; however it’s often the child at the centre of the dispute who suffers the most.
Child contact disputes can take a range of forms. You may feel that your relationship with your child has been deliberately or maliciously obstructed. Or maybe a vindictive former partner has stopped your contact with your child.
Disputes over child contact can be immensely frustrating, especially for the person who has been excluded. But in our experience most parents are prepared to negotiate if the outcome is in the best interests of their child.
Remember, it’s only natural that you’ll both have differing opinions at the start. Family mediation won’t change that, but it could help you find middle ground – the point at which you stop hostilities and start looking towards a workable compromise that you both agree to.
We recognise that every relationship is different and a mediated approach to resolving contact disputes isn’t for everyone.
But if you’re committed to working through your issues constructively to find practical, achievable solutions to your problems, mediation could be a viable option for you.