Is the romance over but you still share the kids? Are you struggling to co-parent? Avoid long and expensive legal battles and opt for parenting plan mediation!
PARENTING PLAN MEDIATION.
According to the Children’s Act Section 33 (2) parents who can’t agree on how to exercise their rights and responsibilities regarding minor children must first seek to agree on a parenting plan before approaching the courts for intervention.
a Parenting plan is a written legal agreement outlining how children will be raised by parents after a separation or divorce.
Parenting plans help parents to efficiently co-parent and put their children’s wellbeing first.
One of the biggest predictors of a child not adjusting after a divorce or separation is parental conflict.
Parenting plans can eliminate unnecessary conflict by laying out the exact guidelines of care, contact, schooling, values, beliefs, discipline, financial contributions etc.
Parenting plans are mediated by an objective and trained third party using the child’s best interest principal. Once a written agreement is reached and signed by the parents; the parenting plan can be made part of a divorce settlement, registered at the Family Advocates Office and/or be made an order of court by the Children’s Court, making it a legally binding agreement.
VOICE OF THE CHILD.
The Child’s Voice Toolkit was developed by Dr Ronel Duchen and Mrs Irma Schutte.
The techniques contained in the Toolkit resulted from their extensive experience
in the forensic assessment and mediation field.
According to the Children’s Act, children who are able, must participate in matters concerning them, and their views must be taken into consideration. Therefore a VoC interview must be done considering parenting plans, divorce matters and for care/contact disputes.
The Voice of the child interview helps the child’s voice to be heard in legal proceedings concerning them as well as therapeutic settings.
The Voice of the child interview is non intrusive, doesn’t rely on language/reading/writing capacity, is culturally diverse and provides a contemporary platform that links the inner world, relationships and realities of the child.
The interview can be used to enhance emotional interventions, to canvass children’s views and wishes in mediation or legal proceedings and for risk assessment purposes.