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18th January 2022 by Kenneth Clarke

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Effective parenting communication is crucial if children are to survive unscathed (both emotionally and physically) their parents separation. However, correcting dysfunctional communication is not a five minute exercise, so any initiative that help parents manage their emotions and interact more effectively is both welcome and necessary.

In my role as a family law mediator I have recommended the use of OurFamilyWizard to many of my clients since its inception and it has proved an essential guide, particularly in high conflict cases. 

With features that anticipate your communication needs, OurFamilyWizard is specifically designed to reduce the stress of managing family plans across separate households. 

One particular feature that has helped cool the fire of discord and discourage the hurling of vitriol at the other parent is the ToneMeter.  As the ToneMeter asks the sender to amend any offensive or derogatory content before it is sent, it has also proved to be an effective educational tool to encourage more respectful and therefore effective communication.

The calendar is another feature that encourages positive and stress-free scheduling of parenting arrangements, including the split of school holidays.

Another common area of conflict is parents accusing each other of not informing the other of medical or school appointments. OurFamilyWizard info bank is therefore another great conflict-reducing feature to ensure that parents are kept informed.

The messaging feature with its “first viewed” time stamp is yet another tool to help parents reply to messages in a timely manner. This is another common area of antagonism. Relevant documents and expenses can be conveniently logged also.

This versatile app has proved its worth over and over again with parents who are committed to communicating more effectively for the sake of their children.

OurFamilyWizard remains at the forefront of technology designed to help reduce friction and encouraging positive and stress-free co-parenting.

If you would like any further advice on co-parenting issues or whether you feel Mediation is suitable for your situation, please visit our Family Mediation page on our website or contact our Mediation department directly on 01202 377993 or

Kenneth Clarke

Senior Associate — Family Mediation

Direct dial: 01202 377993


Kenneth Clarke, Family Mediator at Laceys Solicitors
  • “Came to Laceys Mediation after my previous solicitor wasn’t living up to expectations. Laceys Mediation was the best decision I ever made, Kenneth Clarke is some awesome mediator, he was so patient and his knowledge was very helpful. Thank you all for your support.”

    Rejoice Aggor-Mensa

  • “I was very happy with the sensitive way the issues around my divorce was handled by Kenneth Clarke. I was also more than satisfied with the way my daughter, Nina, was spoken to and helped her voice to be heard in the decision making process.”

    Brian Charles Hart

  • “What could have potentially been an extremely upsetting and inflammatory scenario, proved to be a surprisingly smooth and conflict free process through Laceys Mediation. With Kenneth’s extensive experience we were able to reach an agreeable outcome without spending our life savings!”

    Julie Morris

  • “Kenneth went that extra mile to explain and reiterate it to other party. outstanding and so very professional.”

    Lee Emm

Kenneth is the elder statesman of our mediation team, with forty years’ experience as a family lawyer, and qualified as a mediator in 1996. Kenneth has been a key member of the Laceys mediation team since 2005, specialising in financial and children cases, with a particular interest and specialisation in high conflict cases.

Kenneth is also qualified to consult with children, a growing part of the mediation process. Always looking to expand the boundaries of mediation practice,  Kenneth brings a degree of gravitas, humour, understanding and empathy when he mediates with clients,  creating a positive environment in which clients work together to resolve their issues quickly and cost-effectively.

Out of office hours, Kenneth’s main passion is writing musical theatre. When he has time Kenneth also enjoys travel, especially cruising.

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