Child-inclusive divorce mediation: Report on a qualitative research study


  • Jennifer McIntosh

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    • Jennifer McIntosh is a clinical child psychologist, family therapist, and researcher. She works privately and teaches in Melbourne and for this project was an associate of Strategic Partners.


Research into the unique needs and interests of children in the light of parental separation has provided the impetus for many family law mediation practices to include children's voices in divorce mediation. This chapter describes a model of child-inclusive practice in family law mediation (McIntosh, 1998) and its pilot implementation in two diverse Australian contexts. Encouraging findings from the first group of families to work through the model are presented, indicating both anticipated and unanticipated gains for both children and parents.