The number of step-families and blended families has increased over the past several years. This means through remarriage or re partnering, children may gain step-parents and sometimes step-siblings. In other cases, a child’s parent may have a new child with a new partner. In this way a blended family evolves.
A larger family unit can bring diversity and joy but it may also create some uncertainty and an adjustment period for children and adults alike. For example, there may be disharmony between a mother and step-mother around discipline, nutrition or a range of other issues that result in the need for dispute resolution services.
Blended family mediation is an effective and practical way to resolve disputes that step and blended family members often face. Many people find that their relationships are strengthened after mediation and that issues that have troubled them for a long time can finally be resolved.