Mediation is very effective in empowering parents to address child rearing concerns; living arrangements; maintenance issues; education and the overall emotional and physical health of the children post divorce.
In accordance with the Child’s Act 38 of 2005 mediation is a requirement to address the best interests of the child post divorce or unmarried couples. This can be extended to any person who has an interest in the well-being of the child.
As a family mediator I am available to facilitate mediation of a parenting plan in accordance to the court annex rules, and in order for parents to fulfil their duty in terms of the Child’ Act. My role is not therapeutic but rather as neutral third party to aid parents in negotiating the best interests of the child.
The mediation process provides parents the opportunity to negotiate issues pertaining to the children with regards to:
• With whom the child shall live or how time shall be shared between parents
• Contact between the child and the parents / parties, or any other third party
• Religious upbringing
• Medical care, etc.
• The voice of the child is an important element to be taken into consideration when compiling the parenting plan, as per the Child’s Act. This shall also be taken into consideration.
As part of the mediation service parents will be given:
• Parenting Plan Agreement (signed by both parties)
• Maintenance calculation (if so required)
• Parenting calendar of shared time and holidays
• Required court forms to be submitted with the Parenting Plan Agreement (if you would like it made an order of the court).
Mediation is cost and time effective, thus alleviating any extra burden on the parties, as well as aid in reducing further emotional turmoil on the children.
Mediation rates are based on a sliding scale in order to ensure fairness and affordability.
If you require any further clarity or information please feel free to contact me.
Communication is key to every successful aspect of our lives!