FAMILY MEDIATION: THE PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF UNMARRIED PARENTS AND MEDIATORS

  • Razia Nordien Lagardien Nelson Mandela University
  • Blanche Pretorius Nelson Mandela University
  • Susan Terblanche Nelson Mandela University

Abstract

While there have been significant developments regarding mediation, parental responsibilities and the rights of unmarried fathers, fathers remain challenged in acquiring their parental rights through mediation in terms of Section 21 of the Children’s Act 38 of 2005.   The aim of this qualitative study was to understand the experiences of parents and mediators regarding mediation since the inception of the Children’s Act in 2007.  Semi-structured interviews were conducted with unmarried fathers, unmarried mothers and mediators. Data were analysed using within-case analysis. The findings highlighted the positive experiences of mediation, challenges in mediation and strategies to enhance the quality of mediation. 

Author Biographies

Razia Nordien Lagardien, Nelson Mandela University
Department of Social Development Professions
Blanche Pretorius, Nelson Mandela University
Research Associate, Faculty of Health Sciences
Susan Terblanche, Nelson Mandela University
Research Supervisor, Department of Social Development Professions
Published
2021-06-24
How to Cite
Lagardien, R. N., Pretorius, B., & Terblanche, S. (2021). FAMILY MEDIATION: THE PERCEPTIONS AND EXPERIENCES OF UNMARRIED PARENTS AND MEDIATORS. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 57(2), 152. https://doi.org/10.15270/57-2-926
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