Outcomes and Implications of using family mediation to settle child-related disputes pertaining to divorce in Hong Kong
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AbstractObjectives
1. The overarching objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of family mediation with respect to its workability and effectiveness in the cultural context of Hong Kong, was conducted by our research team from June 2015 to July 2016
2. Special highlight will be given to the effectiveness of using family mediation to settle the child-related disputes of divorcing couples
Methodology
A mixed-methods design composing of a user satisfaction survey and in-depth interviews was adopted for the study
Results
• In the survey, the service users indicated a high level of satisfaction with the outcome of child custody. Child-related issues including child rearing and child care arrangements, and parent-child time and living expenses for child(ren), were the areas in which divorcing couples most easily reached agreement during family mediation when compared with other areas such as living expenses for the former spouse, properties and accommodation arrangements.
• In the in-depth interviews, the informants, including service users, their children and family mediators, revealed that family mediation had had a positive impact on the children in both tangible (e.g., child care arrangements) and intangible (e.g., children’s psychological distress) areas. Family mediation could also prepare parents to be responsive to their children’s needs and establish a good platform for co-parenting in the post-divorce stage.
Conclusion
• Family mediation was an effective means to settle the child-related disputes pertaining to divorce
• Nevertheless, children still had a limited voice and a limited amount of participation in the family mediation process, such that the agreement reached might not be able to reflect the needs of children fully
All Author(s) ListWong Mei Ching Mooly, Ma Joyce, Wong Lai Cheung, Lam Tze Yan, Yuan Rhea, Xia Lily
Name of ConferenceInternational Conference of New Perspectives for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services
Start Date of Conference07/09/2017
End Date of Conference08/09/2017
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
Proceedings TitleNew Perspectives for Outcome-based Evaluation and Research on Family and Children's Services
Year2017
Month9
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordschild inclusion practice, child welfare, family mediation

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