Family mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where a couple can meet with a mediator to find a resolution for your legal issues without resorting to the courts.
It is important to keep in mind that mediation is voluntary, meaning both parties must agree to work with a mediator. You can’t be forced into a mediation process or be forced to agree to anything during the mediation.
During a mediation, the mediator remains impartial and neutral. Listens to both sides and tries to help keep conversations flowing, working towards agreements and resolution of conflicts in a professional and dispassionate manner.
Both parties are encouraged to have access to legal advice before or during the mediation, but they are not required to attend. I can’t provide Independent Legal Advice. Independent Legal Advice can only be obtained from a lawyer.
Mediators tend to be lawyers, social workers and other similar professionals trained to provide mediation services. They are trained to mediate safely and look for signs of abuse from either partner. They don’t take sides when different interests arise during mediation and help both partners see each other’s point of view. As mentioned above, the goal is to help both reach a mutually satisfying agreement.
If during mediation the couple can agree on the different issues, then it may be recommended to put an agreement in writing in a separation agreement.
How mediation works
Each party attends a 1-hour intake session.
Mediation sessions are set for 2 hours and can be done over several dates.
As part of the mediation, the mediator provides education about separation and divorce, custody and access to both parties.
Mediation offers resolution to:
- Custody and Access
- Child and Spousal Support
- Equalization of Net Family Property
- Community Circle Facilitation
- Workplace Mediation
- Parenting Plans
- Family Conflict Circle Facilitation
- School Circle Facilitation
At the end of each mediation, parties we will have a mediation agreement that a lawyer can use as the basis for a separation agreement.