Empowering Single Mothers From Separation For Child and Adolescent Well-being

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Supporting women struggling alone to raise their children after separation, desertion or domestic violence to promote the well-being of their children. Separated women struggling to raise their children without support from the other parent following a breakup, estrangement or after leaving abusive relationships.

They are assisted to work out parenting arrangements with the other parent. They negotiate future arrangements for their children including child maintenance (or child support) and reach an agreement, avoid poverty, homelessness and protect their children.

What is child maintenance?

This is regular payments paid by the non residential parent (mostly fathers) for the purpose of providing financial support for the care and needs of the child. 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 maintenance are separate issues in the eyes of the court.

Studies have shown that adolescents cope the worst with the separation of the 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

A free service to help separated parents negotiate their own agreement, make their own decisions regarding parenting arrangements that suit their children and circumstances without going to court assisted by a neutral person. The mediator helps estranged parents work out their own agreement and support their children’s health and well-being.

The Benefits of Family Mediation

Facilitating Communication

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.

Satisfactory Outcomes

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.

Managing Interactions

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.