Dear Mrs Fairclough
Welcome to Just Answer
I am a Solicitor and will assist you.
I am sorry to hear about the difficulties that your niece is experiencing.
It is important that your daughter has a relationship with her son and this should not be unduly denied.
It is the position of the courts that children are entitled to a good relationship with both of their parents and this should be promoted so long as there are no child protection concerns why this should not happen.
In respect of mediation - this is a good way of avoiding court and resolving matters amicably.
Technically, if mediation is not attending prior to making an application to court for a Child Arrangements Order (to confirm whom the child should live with and should spend time with) then the courts will automatically reject the application.
It may well be that given the circumstances that a mediator feels that this case needs to go to court rather than mediation. The mediator can make such a decision after just discussing matters with your niece.
I would therefore recommend that your niece rings a mediator and describes the circumstances - given the circumstances they might sign the form so that she needs to apply to court.
Let me know if I can help you further
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