Supporting disadvantaged separated women with children. Women who are separated or came out of abusive marriages struggling to raise their children alone without support from the other parent.
Many estranged wives want to initiate legal action against their husbands to get them to fulfill their responsibilities to the children but cannot afford to go to court. They require the intervention of the family law courts to settle issues regarding the children and safeguard their well-being but going to court is expensive.
We offer mediation and other support services to women who are the only one involved in the care of their children following marriages that have ended or terminated informally to help lift children and adolescents out of poverty, homelessness, hunger and promote their well-being.
The Effects of Informal Parental Separation on Children
The impact of parental separation initiated informally on children when one or both parties decide to physically separate from the relationship without a court process happening or following the procedure for legal separation. When couples are not legally separated but living apart.
A legal separation which is a formal separation is sanctioned by the court. It enables the court to make orders about children and finances similar to the orders which can be made in divorce without actually terminating the marriage.
Since the spouses did not go to court for separation there is no formal procedure involved. A separation court order may specify financial obligations, child custody and visitation agreements and child support.
Family Mediation Services
After relationship breakdown discussions about future care of children can become very emotional. Parents can use a more formal mediation process with the help of a neutral third party to resolve disputes about future arrangements for their children without going to court.
Separated parents can use mediation to resolve their parenting and financial issues instead of using the family law courts. Mediation is a process where parents in dispute are assisted by a neutral third party to resolve their issues and reach a mutual agreement.
The Benefits of Mediation
The parties themselves make the decisions rather than having a judge make the decisions for them.
It affords a private way of dealing with sensitive and emotional issues.
The process provides a level playing ground for the parties. Both parents feel heard and treated equally by the mediator.
It helps in managing interactions. The process makes it possible for the mediator to work with the parties separately if they do not want to be in the same space.
You do not have to be in the same room as your ex if you or the mediator decides otherwise that working with you separately would be preferable. Mediators can meet with each party separately.