Grandparent Mediation Services in Australia

“While many clients come seeking justice and restitution of their hurt and loss, they often exit the system feeling despondent that the process did not “right the wrongs” endured in their most intimate relationships.”

In Daily (Adelaide) March 22 2018

What is Grandparent Mediation?

In the context of family law disputes mediation, grandparents often feel that their relationship with their grandchildren suffers significantly. Practically speaking, grandparents often report that they don’t see their grandchildren to the extent they use to, and have genuine concerns about the livelihood of their grandchildren.

Grandparent mediation is all about brokering and agreeing to specific terms that see the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren enduring.

So, Do Grandparents Have Rights?

Grandparents have no automatic right to have a relationship with their grandchildren. Conversely, the law holds that the paramount concern is the “best interests of the child or children.“ In this context, grandparents are specifically permitted in the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) to apply to the Family Court for orders relating to their grandchild, specifically for their grandchild to live with or spend time with them regardless of whether the child’s parents are separated or still together.

So, What Are the First Steps?

The best outcome is for the parents to acknowledge the importance of grandparents in the lives of their children. Accordingly, if there is an agreement in this respect, the specifics of which can be included in any existing or future agreements between the couple (parenting plan mediation or consent orders). However, in the event that this does not occur, the grandparents can apply to the Court for what we call, “parenting orders“ themselves.

So, How Can Mediations Australia Help Us?

Mediations Australia offer a free, no-obligation consultation. We can assess your circumstances and advise whether or not we believe mediation will deliver a potentially good outcome.

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