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Mediation Service 

 
reunite offers a specialist mediation service where, with the help of our experienced, impartial mediators, parents are able to make informed decisions and reach workable solutions that are acceptable to them both and which are focused on the best interests of their child.  

Typically we offer mediation in cases of: 

*  International parental child abduction/wrongful
   retention - involving both Member States of the
   1980 Hague Convention and non-Hague 
   Convention States; 

*  Prevention of abduction - where a family is
   separating and there are links with another
   country; 

* Contact across international borders; 

*  Relocation - where one parent wishes to 
   reside with their child in a different country.  

We understand the difficult issues surrounding international parental child abduction and whether you are a parent whose child has been abducted, or a parent defending an allegation of child abduction, it will be a highly emotional and stressful time for you. With the assistance of our specialist mediators, who are familiar with international children´s cases, mediation can offer the opportunity to consider all the options and it is possible that a realistic and practical solution can be reached which would remove the need for further court proceedings.  In the words of one parent who participated in mediation:

"It avoids a courtroom battle, which in this type of situation only gets you to a no win situation."

We are aware of the main difficulties faced during a relationship breakdown when parents are, or are going to be, living in different countries.  Again, mediation can offer the opportunity to consider all the options and ensure your child maintains a positive relationship with both parents and the extended family. 


 
 
 
 
Typical matters considered within mediation are:  
  • the emotional needs of the child
  • country of habitual residence
  • parental responsibility            
  • a schedule for contact between the child and non-resident parent
  • travel arrangements for contact
  • exchange of information regarding the child´s education and wellbeing
The fee for mediation is £1,500 for up to three 3-hour mediation sessions - £750 to be paid by each parent.  However, we do hold a full Public Funding Franchise from the Legal Aid Agency, so if you´re eligible for legal aid then there´s no cost to you for mediation as it will be covered by the Legal Aid Agency.    
 
We also have video conferencing equipment in our office in Leicester.  Therefore, if either parent is unable to travel to the UK to participate in mediation in person, we´re able to undertake the mediation by video conference.
 
Research shows that if parents have been directly involved in the decision-making process, agreements are more likely to be honoured.  Also, the future relationship between two parents can be more co-operative, thus reducing conflict or potential trauma for children and the family as a whole.

For further information on reunite´s mediation service please view the mediation information leaflet or contact us on 0116 2555 345.

 
Related Information

 
We are delighted to announce that as from 22nd April 2014, the Legal Aid Agency has agreed to grant automatic non-means non-merit tested legal aid for mediation for all applicant parents in 1980 Hague Convention child abduction cases. 

In short this will mean that the applicant parent is now eligible for legal aid to cover the costs of mediation to help resolve these cases. We strongly believe that this new provision will encourage more parents to engage in mediation in these difficult circumstances, resulting in an agreed solution and avoiding lengthy contested court hearings.

We are pleased that following consultation with the Legal Aid Agency, and participation in their working group, that these changes have now been implemented.

Where parents are not covered by legal aid, and do not have the means to cover the cost of mediation, we will continue to mediate pro-bono.