Empowering women struggling to raise children alone after divorce, separation or a marriage that has ended or terminated informally. Women who came out of violent marriages raising children alone without support from the other parent.
These women are prone to suffer financial hardships, homelessness, mental health issues or a higher risk of depressive symptoms. Their children live in poverty and out of school. If not helped, these children may manifest social problems, juvenile delinquency or become involved in organized crime.
We support these women pursue child maintenance payments from the other parent because children are happy and thrive when they enjoy financial support.
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.
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 their 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
Ways Mediation Can Help
The process of mediation can facilitate payments of child maintenance. Parents agree on child maintenance arrangements. They both work out an agreement and avoid court assisted by a neutral and impartial mediator.
Benefits of Mediation
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.
Termination of Relationship in a More Amicable Way
The process helps them focus on effectively communicating with each other. It helps preserve a working relationship such that the parties are more likely to utilize a cooperative approach to resolve differences in future.
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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