The Mediation Academy Maintenance Calculator is an App that involves zero math, allowing a third-party to effectively mediate maintenance between parents. The purpose of the calculator is to produce inputs, which the Courts can then consider when issuing maintenance orders.
It's in a format that makes it easy to fill out the maintenance forms used at Court and can even be used by maintenance officers.
"Where a maintenance order has been mediated with both parents agreeing on every details, we find a much higher rate of payment compliance." - Barry Greyvenstein.
The App works on just about anything with a screen: cellphones, tablets, laptops - even Smart TV's. It is built to accommodate high- and low income households, and it allows parents to decide which approach is fair for each item on the budget.
The App automatically calculates:
· How much of each parent's income is eligible for maintenance,
· What the maintenance payments should be,
· And most importantly, we can see if the budget is going to be sustainable.
Why Make It Free?
"There is a huge need out there, and unless we do something about the problem, it's not going away on its own. We see a clear opportunity in the market for Attorneys, Mediators, Social Workers and Psychologists to get quicker resolution on cases involving maintenance.
But there's also a substantial opportunity for people to become involved by mediating maintenance disputes. Think of all the unemployed graduates out there.
No Court system in the world has the capacity to solve every single problem. There are tremendous psycho-social gains for children when parents work together. Consider that the single biggest predictor for a life of crime is growing up without a father - and that is in fact the biggest predictor for a life of crime and Youths who never had a father living with them have the highest incarceration rates (Hill, O’Neill, 1993), while youths in father-only households display no difference in the rate of incarceration from that of children coming from two-parent households (Harper and McLanahan, 2004)
When parents work together, we find better relationships between children and (both) parents, and maintenance tends to get paid on time.
And when children are raised with enough economic resources and the involvement of both parents, they can become active participants in the economy and help grow our GDP." - Barry Greyvenstein.
Mediation Academy would like to thank all the people who gave their inputs, especially the staff at the Courts, fellow mediators, legal practitioners and social science professionals.
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