Co-Parenting Mediation Council Members

July 27, 2015

Minister of Community, Culture and Sports Pat Gordon-Pamplin announced the members of the Co-Parenting Mediation Council today [July 27] saying she is confident they will carry out the purpose of the Council very well and “this will help lead to better outcomes for those children who are affected by parental disputes.”

The Minister said, “Members of the public may recall that the November 2013 Speech from the Throne committed the Government to amending the Children Act 1998 to incorporate a family mediation component that recognizes the importance of both parents in children’s lives.

“Accordingly, the Children Amendment Act 2014, which was passed by the Legislature in December 2014, introduced the concept of co-parenting and expanded the use of mediation to provide parties with the option to mediate instead of taking the court route. The amendment Act also gives the court the legal authority to offer mediation during any stage of child custody or access matters.”

Left to right: Miriam Shaya-King; Desmond-Tetlow; Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin; Susan Moore-Williams; and Kathy Lightbourne-Simmons [Chair]. Missing is Dr. Eloise Pitts Crick

Co-Parenting Mediation Council Press Conference

The Minister continued, “The Children Amendment Act 2014 provides for the establishment of a Co-Parenting Mediation Council. Today I have the pleasure to announce the formation of a newly appointed Co-Parenting Mediation Council that will take effect from August 1st 2015.

“The legislative framework embodied in the Children Amendment Act 2014 enables parties to reach their own solutions to child custody or access issues with the assistance of a “co-parenting mediator” who must be registered with the Co-Parenting Mediation Council.

“It is of great importance that persons providing mediation services of this nature are regulated and the purpose of the Council is to provide regulatory oversight for co-parenting mediation.

“The Co-Parenting Mediation Council will be responsible for assisting the Minister with the development of Co-Parenting Mediation Regulations under the Children Act 1998, and for developing a Co-Parenting Mediation Code of Practice that all registered co-parenting mediators must adhere to.

“Members of the Co-Parenting Mediation Council, who are being appointed for a period of three years in the first instance, are Kathy Lightbourne-Simmons who will sit as the Council Chair; Dr. Eloise Pitts Crick, Honor Desmond-Tetlow, Susan Moore-Williams and Miriam Shaya-King.

“It may appear at the outset that the prerequisite to be a Member of this Council is to be female and have a double barrel last name; but in fact these Members have a combined background in law, psychology, social work and mediation; they also have a wealth of experience dealing with children, families, and disputed matters arising out of conflicts within families.

“I also wish to point out that part of the mandate of the Council will be to undertake reviews and client surveys of co-parenting mediation in Bermuda, and to prepare an annual report for the Minister on the practice of co-parenting mediation in Bermuda. This will allow for the monitoring of the success of co-parenting mediation.

“I am confident that these Members will carry out the purpose of the Council very well and will provide an appropriate level of regulatory oversight, and that this will help lead to better outcomes for those children who are affected by parental disputes.”

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  1. Godson says:

    How is it that 5 women are the ONLY members on a CO-parenting council? (confused)

    • frank says:

      Minister you tried to explain why there were no men on the council but you could not
      How can you have a council with no men
      This is the problem from the start the men in this country are always disrespected in the upbringing of their children courts always take the woman’s side .

  2. Mazumbocann says:

    So sad not to see any males. When you believe that you got screwed by a female lawyer who assisted in taking more than half of your worth, my trust in women being sensitive to the needs of a male is all time low, now you want met to go to an all female council. Flog me some more…

  3. Errin Butterfield says:

    I wish the members of the Co-Parenting Council the best. I hope that they have good ideas and not only liaise with, but also suggest some much needed advice to the Magistrates in Family Court.

  4. Hashim says:

    This is a step to huge children get the benefit of development lasting relationship with their parents. It also provided the parents with the capacity to collectively decide the level and type of parenting engagement. However, the absence of more male representation on the committee is not a good look, since it is men who believe they have been disadvantaged in child care matter. I would like to see more effort be made to have male parents involved in every level of this Co-Parenting Mediation Council.

  5. Onion Juice says:

    The noticeable absence of male figures in our society is a reflection of our social fiber.

  6. between de lines says:

    I’m sorry, but this is a bunch of crock… All female members on a council for CO-parenting. Just because they have degrees in their respective areas do not make them the best fit for the job. You need a man to fully understand the role a father needs to play and be able to advise as such. I don’t care how much some women think women can fill that role… They can NOT. And you’re telling me that Min. Gordon-Pamplin could not find ONE male to include!!! There are many mature men/fathers perhaps retired even, who have a wealth of personal experience to draw on to truly enhance and solidify the efforts of this team. I say poor judgement has been exemplified here. And I am a woman and a mother. Find a good man to add to this group please.

  7. bermuda born says:

    there should be an equal number of males and females this is ridiculous

  8. Alvin Williams says:

    Co-parenting I would expect that means male and female? The lack of male participation in this mediation council will only reinforce the widespread belief among men that just like the procedures in Bermuda’s courts men often fall victim to pit-bull women lawyers that ensure that they come out on the losing end in judicial matters involving men and women. There is a male perspective and I just wish we would see that reflected in this area.