There is a lot less stigma nowadays about being a single parent, bringing up a child on your own without the involvement of the other parent. This situation might have arisen for a number of reasons and it is important that single parents feel supported and valued as any other parent might be. One in four children live in lone parent families.
One of the pressures of being the only parent is feeling there is no one to share the responsibility. Wider family can be very useful as support through difficult times. The other side of parenting alone is that you can make all the decisions without disagreement, bringing your child up exactly as you see fit.
It may well be that one parent is absent for whatever reason and the lone parent needs to negotiate with the other parent’s family. It can be very difficult to do depending on the circumstances, so you might find family mediationa useful tool to get you past the hardest bit. Sometimes it is only safe for children to have contact with a parent at a contact centre. Mediators can help you come to that decision and work out how long for. Often they can help refer you to the contact centre for the next step. Once trust and safety is in place, mediators can help families work out how they move forward away from the contact centre.
National Family Mediation (NFM) is a network of professional family mediation providers based in England and Wales that work with families affected by relational breakdown. All providers aim to help clients achieve an outcome that works best for them and their family
If you would like to get more information about mediation and/or make an appointment you can contact NFM direct on 0300 4000 636 or you can contact a NFM family mediation provider in your area.
All services also take referrals from Solicitors, the court or other helping / support agencies.