Supporting women struggling to raise children alone without support from the other parent following desertion, separation, coming out of abusive marriages and marriages that have ended or terminated informally.
They are assisted to pursue child maintenance (child support) payments from the other parent and avoid poverty, homelessness and protect their children.
What is child maintenance?
This is an ongoing periodic payment paid by the non residential parent (most often fathers) for the financial security of the children. If your child is not living with you, you are required by law to make child maintenance payments to the residential parent.
Why pay child maintenance?
Payments of child maintenance can make a significant difference in the lives of children after separation. Parents are legally responsible for the financial security of their children even if you don’t see them or if agreement about access to the children happened separately. Visitation and child support are separate issues in the eyes of the court.
Studies have shown that adolescents cope the worst with the separation of parents. They often struggle most with the change and may even turn away from their family entirely dealing with the situation on their own.
Payments of child maintenance can help make adjustments easier, keep children focused, prevent anti-social behaviour and foster better family relationships.
FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICES
A free service that helps separated parents resolve issues about child maintenance payments without going to court assisted by a neutral mediator. The mediator helps estranged parents work out an agreement and support their children.
Benefits of Mediation
The process helps parents focus on effectively communicating with each other. The mediator who acts as a neutral third party facilitates discussion to help parties come to agreement. This fosters cooperative communication in future.
In mediation parties are generally more satisfied with solutions that have been mutually agreed on by both of them as opposed to settlements that are imposed. This is often the case in court where parties have no choice but to accept the judgment made by the judge which they may not be happy with.
High Rate of Compliance
Parties who have reached their own agreement in mediation are more likely to comply with its terms than those whose resolution has been imposed by the court. The settlement is more satisfactory to both parties as such enhances compliance.
The mediator manages interactions between the parties. Mediation can be arranged at a venue convenient to the parties either in the same room or separately. The mediator talking to the disputants privately guiding them towards a settlement.
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