Q: If parties who are divorcing or separating use mediation to resolve their custody issues, can their children participate in the mediation?


A: While researchers differ in their views about the nature and extent of a child’s participation in his parents’ mediation, they seem generally supportive of the idea that a child’s voice should be heard.  Mediators though have been cautious in putting this into actual practice and you may find that it only happens in a minority of cases. Perhaps there is room for a Caribbean ADR professional to design a model that will cause this trend to be reversed.

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