When legal problems arise, going to court is seldom the only option. In fact, the courts are more frequently being recognized as a last resort. There exists a myriad of other (often cheaper) ways to resolve disputes, some with surprisingly long histories. Mediation is one such method, helping parents to find their own solutions, rather than having solutions imposed by another.
When the parents of a child divorce or separate the foundation of that child’s world is often thrown into turmoil and the vey basis of their security and stability is threatened as they are no longer have equal access to their caregivers.
In recent times there has been a growing impetus in the courts to consider the wishes of the child in all court proceedings concerning children, including relocation proceedings, as a matter which will directly impact him or her, rather than as a “passive recipient” of a judgement passed down by the court. There is now a keener appreciation of the child’s autonomy and his or her right to take a key role in the decision making process.