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Mediation for Grandparents

We have a specially trained team of Mediators who are experienced in all matters regarding Family Mediation.

Our Mediation team appreciate and understand that when parents separate, the relationship grandchildren have with their grandparents is often affected. We understand that this can be a difficult and distressing time for grandparents. Consequently, our Mediation team provide expert impartial support.

The effect of a family breakdown can impact upon the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents, this often creates uncertainty and anxiety for all concerned. Mediation, if appropriate, can enable parents and grandparents to establish a way for grandparents to see and maintain a relationship with their grandchildren.


Free initial information

Our Mediation services are provided through ‘Midlands Dove Mediation’, who are a part of our organisation, offering specialist mediation services.

Our specialist, independent and impartial Solicitor Mediators, are here to take the worry off your hands.

Our experienced Mediation team provide free initial information in relation to each type of Mediation process and how this could assist in your current circumstances.

Please call our administration hub on 01623706020 or your preferred office below or email enquiries@midlandsdove.co.uk  or visit their specific website www.midlandsdove.co.uk

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777


What is Mediation?

Mediation is a process that is used by people and organisations, with the purpose of helping resolve disputes. Most family disputes, can be Mediated when parties are willing to participate in the Mediation process and a Mediator determines that the process is suitable.

Mediation has the ability to resolve a wide variety of issues involving: family arrangements, workplace and employment disputes, civil and commercial matters for businesses and much more. It is a private and confidential process where various parties are able to communicate in a trustworthy environment, with the impartial guidance of a trained mediator.

During the Mediation process, no one is forced to do anything they do not want to do, thus allowing you to stay in control of a situation. A trained Mediator, will impartially assist families to explore options, which could resolve family difficulties and disputes.


How does it work?

The great thing about the process of Family Mediation, is that it can be tailored to suit your needs, availability and preference. There are numerous ways in which a Mediation session can take place, such as:

  • Face-to-face meetings: In face-to-face meetings,  both parties are present in the same Mediation room with a trained  Mediator. The role of the Mediator in this instance is to impartially  manage your process, and help you come to an agreement that suits  everyone.
  • Shuttle Meetings: We understand that sometimes  some parties are willing to take part in mediation, however, they would  prefer to go through this process separately. During Shuttle Meetings  individual parties will have their own separate and private room. In  this case the Mediator will move between each room and update each party  on the views and proposals made by the other.
  • Remote Meetings: There are occasions whereby it is  difficult to be in the same place at the same time, and due to the  Coronavirus outbreak, carrying out remote Mediation sessions has allowed  for us to continue assisting those who require them. In the appropriate  circumstances remote mediation sessions may be suitable and offered to  parties via the use of Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp video calling. Remote  meetings can either be ‘face to face’ or ‘shuttle’.


What are the benefits of Family Mediation?

Family Mediation is a beneficial way of exploring different options in order to work out which will be the best option for you, the parents, and your grandchildren. It can offer a positive environment, if it is suitable and all participants are willing to consider discussing grandparents’ roles and time with children. This can involve grandparents being part of the Mediation process directly, or alternatively, providing support, to parents who are mediating.

The process requires participants to commit to the process, encouraging communication, between family members, impartially assisting them to come to their own arrangements, therefore preventing them from damaging and costly Court Proceedings.

Mediation sessions take place in a confidential and non-judgemental environment to ensure families feel safe to discuss their problems and anxieties freely, in order to make arrangements for the future. The sessions allow for participants to come to an amicable arrangements regarding family arrangements.


How we can help

Our experienced team of Mediators are able to provide impartial support, assistance and information, during what may be a difficult and distressing time.

Our specialist team members all have experience of helping people at difficult times in their lives and we are committed to delivering to you a professional and confidential service.


Location is not an issue

Our Mediators are able to provide expert services across the country. For us, geographical location is not an obstacle, we have a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield and Derby.

Our Mediators also provide remote mediation sessions, subject to and in accordance with the requirements of the Family Mediation Council and Legal Aid Agency able to offer their services using remote video appointments, using ZOOM, Facetime or Skype.


How to make contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based.

Please call us for a no-obligation, free initial discussion or email enquiries@midlandsdove.co.uk and we will call or email you back.

  • Chesterfield: 01246 386322
  • Derby: 01332 973800
  • Mansfield: 01623 706020
  • Nottingham: 0115 8384777

Our Team

Elizabeth Bilton

Elizabeth Bilton

LLP Member
Julie Skill

Julie Skill

LLP Member and Head of Department
Jennie Byrne

Jennie Byrne

Associate Solicitor

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