The terminology can be confusing – what’s what? Here we outline the differences between parenting agreements, parenting plans, consent orders and court orders and highlight some points you may want to consider in determining what level of agreement will work best for your child/ren and for you as parents. Parenting Agreement: This is a written record of your agreement about matters relating to your children. A Parenting Agreement might include details such as, care and cont
Sadly, not all parents that would like to be able to spend time with their children or as much time as they would like to, are able to. Work commitments, new living arrangements and great distance can all lead to parents and children feeling isolated from one another. Let’s talk about some of the ways that you can stay connected even when you are apart. Connecting with babies and very young children This can be particularly tricky as babies and small children have a short att
Family Separation can be one of the most stressful experiences in a person’s life. It is particularly hard on children. Children that experience family separation do adjust over time, however research suggests that they are twice the risk of experiencing emotional and behavioural problems particularly if parents are high conflict. The way parents manage conflict after separation can be a major factor in how the child will respond to the separation and their views on relati
Most people have heard about “going to court” and for many people in a dispute or disagreement their first reaction may be to “lawyer up” and prepare for battle. Fewer people have heard about mediation. This should not be a reason to be hesitant about it as an alternative dispute resolution process. Here we outline several benefits to resolving your issues through a mediation process as opposed to taking legal action. Confidentiality Mediation processes are confidential.
It is not uncommon for there to be times when your child does not want to spend time with the other parent and for a variety of reasons. It is a problem that mediators and courts face all the time. If your child is refusing to visit the other parent this can be problematic for both parents. Common reasons why a child does not want to spend time with the other parent? Children that do not want to spend time with the other parent may still want to spend time with the parent,