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Introduction to Mediation: Part II

Research indicates that the successful adjustment of children during times of family-related stress is directly related to two factors:

 

  • the level of cooperation between parents
  • the continued involvement of both parents in their lives

 

Mediation, therefore, encourages participants to see themselves as the co-parents who share in the responsibility of their children’s future care.

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Posted by on February 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Introduction to Mediation: Part I

Mediation is a confidential service that brings parents together with a mediator to work on solving their parenting differences in a positive way. The parents’ role as the decision-makers when it comes to their children’s future is very important to this process.

 

Taking part in the decision-making has positive and lasting results for parents and children. Parents are more likely to stay with a parenting plan they have created together instead of one that is decided for them by the Court.

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 6

It is necessary that you make a commitment to cooperate with the Family Services Office in the following ways:

 

1. Keep scheduled appointments and arrive on time for all meetings.

2. Remain open to new suggestions and ideas.

3. Sign the necessary Authorization for Release of Information forms and bring all requested information to your appointments.

4. Do not bring children with you to the Conflict Resolution Conference.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 5

Tips for Success

 Your participation and cooperation throughout the CRC process is essential.

We know that the process may be a stressful and emotional one. However, it is helpful to listen to what everyone has to say and to share your opinions and concerns in a way that shows respect for everyone in the process.

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 4

If the parents reach an agreement during the CRC, the terms of that agreement are reported to the Court, the parents, and the attorneys of record. The agreement becomes legally binding upon order of the Court.

Even when an agreement is not reached during the sessions, the CRC process is still helpful. Parents often leave with a greater understanding of different parenting plans and how they might meet the needs of their children.

Parenting plans may need to change several times over the years for a variety of reasons. If parents need help in resolving issues about their children after the CRC process is completed, they may contact the Court Support Services Division – Family Services for direction.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 3

One role of the FRC is to provide a neutral, supportive, and structured place for discussions to occur. The counselor helps to keep the focus of the meetings on the best interests of the children while allowing the needs and desires of the parents to be considered. The FRC may also provide education about alternative parenting plans and how they are impacted by the stages of child development.

 

It is also possible that the FRC will consider information received from other resources, in an attempt to help the parents resolve their differences. While the parents keep their roles as the decision-makers in this process, the FRC may offer their verbal assessment of the situation and ultimately share recommendations they believe will resolve the issues. These assessments and recommendations are not reported to the Court.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Conflict Resolution Conference: Part 2

What to Expect

 

To take part in the Conflict Resolution Conference (CRC), parents must be referred by the Family Court. At the start of the process the parents may be asked to sign Authorization for Release of Information forms. The FRC assigned to the case can then get information from professional sources, such as schools, therapists or doctors, which may help in resolving the issue.

 

The CRC is a confidential process. Exceptions to this will be discussed in the first session. There may be up to two, 3-hour sessions in all, and the attorneys of record may be brought into the process at any time.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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