Where parties in mediation have children, making plans for them is always the first place to start.
Sometimes parties come with a basic framework to work from. At other times there is no agreement at all with both parties wanting the children to live with them. The court takes the view that if the parents can deal with parenting arrangements between themselves, then there is no need for any court orders to be made.
The mediator will guide the parents through a detailed parenting plan if needed and will help the parties to work towards co-operative parenting as this is proven to be most beneficial to the children.