With the client’s agreement the mediator may invite other people into the mediation process if that seems helpful. For example, a pensions expert or a family therapist or other professionals invited to take part. These additional parties to the mediation might attend your mediation sessions, or they might be set up as separate sessions on their own.
Family mediators are specially trained to focus on the needs of the children in the family, and will always work with you, as the parents, to do that together. Our mediators are specially qualified to involve children directly in family mediations. There are many things to think about when deciding whether or not it is appropriate for an individual child to be involved directly, which will have to be talked through by both parents, and with the mediator, but involving children can be very useful if the right preparation is done. The mediator who works with the parents doesn’t have to be the same mediator who meets with the child, so you could opt for a mediator who hasn’t qualified to see children directly, and ask your mediator to find you another mediator who is qualified to meet with the child. Our mediators understand how direct consultation with children works, even if they do not do this work themselves, and will be able to talk through the options with you.