Including Children's Views in Divorce Mediation: A Comparative Analysis and Recommendations or Kenya




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It is important that the views of children be considered during the process of their parents' divorce. Parental divorce mediation informed by the needs of children is more likely to produce better outcomes. The ways in which divorce mediators in South Africa, Australia and Kenya consider views of the children of marriages in the process of dissolution are compared. The extent to which these three countries have domesticated and implemented relevant international law and policies is compared. Recommendations are provided for Kenya, where empirical research was undertaken to establish the practices and attitudes of Kenyan divorce mediators. The outcome of this empirical research indicates that – prior to mediating between their parents – most of Kenya's divorce mediators fail to elicit the views and wishes of the children who will be affected by the divorce. Proposals are put forward on how this may be rectified. In formulating these proposals, practices in South Africa and Australia are examined for the purposes of comparative analysis. The recommendations for Kenya include the formulation of appropriate laws and policies; the establishment of cost-effective mechanisms for hearing the voices of children prior to their parents' divorce mediation; and the education of the general public on the importance of considering the views and wishes of children when their parents are divorcing.


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Author Biographies

Vivian Nyaata

Lecturer, School of Law, Kisii University (Kisii Campus), Kenya.

Frederick Noel Zaal, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Professor, School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College Campus), Durban, South Africa

Stephen Allister Peté, University of KwaZulu-Natal

 Associate Professor of Law, School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal




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How to Cite

Nyaata, V., Zaal, F. N., & Peté, S. A. (2024). Including Children’s Views in Divorce Mediation: A Comparative Analysis and Recommendations or Kenya. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 27, (Published on 1 February 2024) pp 1–35.




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