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Therapeutic Family Mediation

Guiding Families Towards Resolution and Healing

What is Therapeutic Family Mediation?

Therapeutic Family Mediation is a unique blend of traditional mediation principles with psychotherapeutic techniques. At Bailiff Associates, we recognize that typical divorce proceedings can often exacerbate conflict and create lasting emotional turmoil. To counteract this, we offer Therapeutic Family Mediation as an alternative that prioritizes the emotional wellbeing of all family members, especially children.


Unlike traditional divorce processes that can escalate adversarial dynamics, our therapeutic family mediation service is designed to facilitate open, respectful communication, and mutual understanding. This process allows family members to not only resolve disputes but also address underlying emotional issues, fostering healing and positive transformation in family relationships.

Our approach seeks to guide families through sensitive negotiations within a safe, neutral environment. This approach emphasizes the need for collaborative problem-solving and ensures that each party's voice and concerns are heard and validated.

The primary goal of Therapeutic Family Mediation is to manage conflict and promote the best interests of each family member. We strive to minimize the potential damage often associated with contentious legal battles, paving the way for families to transition into their new dynamics in a healthier, more respectful manner.

Bailiff Associates' Therapeutic Family Mediation services take a holistic approach to family disputes. We are here to assist families in navigating challenging times and foster a future built on understanding and cooperation.

Some issues and topics explored through Therapeutic Family Mediation

  1. Parenting Plans and Child Custody Arrangements: These are agreements outlining how parents will care for and make decisions for their children post-separation. This often includes details about physical custody (where the child lives) and legal custody (who makes decisions about the child's welfare).

  2. Visitation Schedules and Holidays: This entails establishing a consistent and fair schedule for when each parent spends time with the children. It also includes determining how holidays, vacations, and special occasions are shared.

  3. Communication and Conflict Resolution Strategies: These are methods and strategies developed to facilitate respectful and effective communication between parents. They aim to reduce conflict and enhance cooperative co-parenting.

  4. Emotional Impact of Divorce on Family Members: This addresses the psychological effects of the divorce process on all family members. The mediator helps the family acknowledge and process these emotions, promoting healing and resilience.

  5. Behavioral Expectations and Boundaries: These are mutually agreed-upon rules about behavior and boundaries. They help to maintain respect, minimize conflict, and establish a healthy co-parenting relationship.

  6. Future Decision-making Procedures: This involves creating a plan for how future decisions about the children will be made. It often includes details about each parent's role and the process for resolving disagreements.

  7. Impact of Divorce on Children and Coping Strategies: This focuses on understanding how divorce impacts children emotionally and psychologically. The mediator facilitates discussions on how to support children through the transition and manage potential issues.

  8. Managing Transitions such as Relocation or Remarriage: These are discussions aimed at planning for and managing significant future changes. They ensure that such transitions are handled in a way that minimizes disruption and stress for the children.

  9. Developing a Coparenting Relationship: This process involves establishing a new relationship dynamic that prioritizes the children's wellbeing. It encourages respectful communication, cooperation, and mutual decision-making.

  10. Addressing Child-specific Concerns (school, health issues, special needs): This involves addressing issues specific to the children, such as education decisions, healthcare needs, or special care for children with disabilities.

  11. Maintaining Relationships with Extended Family Members: This topic focuses on maintaining and managing relationships with extended family members after divorce. It ensures that the children's relationships with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are preserved.

  12. Navigating New Family Dynamics: This refers to the process of adjusting to the new family structure post-divorce. The mediator helps family members understand and adapt to these changes, fostering a healthier family dynamic.

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