Children must not be allowed to suffer as a result of a separation or divorce. When a relationship breaks down the parents need to reach sound agreements on their children. Parents are required by law to record these agreements in what is known as a ‘parenting plan’ prior to their separation or divorce.
The parenting plan at least contains agreements on the sharing of the care and child rearing activities relating to the children and the way in which you keep one another informed, and consult on important subjects. The plan also lays down agreements on the sharing of the costs of maintaining and raising the children. Parents are of course at liberty to include other agreements in their parenting plan.
Our aim is to help parents reach agreements on their children as far as possible in mutual consultation. Our experience as mediator is often useful in this process. If parents cannot reach a settlement together, the only option is litigation.