The modern family is complicated. Separation and divorce can have an impact of younger and older gnerations in the same family. The ripples of changes touch many people.
When relationships break down, it is not uncommon for the wider family to also find their lives changed. Grandparents are often deeply concerned not only to see the breakdown of their children's relationships, but also the potential loss of contact with grandchildren. Important family figures, uncles, aunts and cousins can also be worried about the loss of contact with children who have always been part of their lives.
Many families help one another with childcare arrangements, spend significant time at home or on holidays together. Relationship breakdowns inevitably change those relationships too. Many children have to readjust, and this can be really hard.
It's not uncommon following separation that some members of the family become more important to the parent who the children spend most the time with. Helping with childcare, and general support can be essential. There are some cases when children need to go and live away from the parents, with other family members. Whether that is through the involvement of social services or other agencies, or simply it is right for that family at that time.
Court proceedings are rarely suitable for trying to get the right answer in these cases. The importance of working with families, finding the right approach for the children really can make a huge difference.
Having spent many, many years advising and representing all parties in these kinds of cases, I have the particular skills and experience needed to help find a way through that conflict. Aside from Target Mediation, I offer wider family meetings, with support from at least two experienced mediators.
Please ‘phone me on 0333 772 9763 or use the Contact Form. The first call is free, no obligation and no pressure. Find out what your options really are.
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