Helping families work through dispute with each member in conflict. A problem-solving process to help people resolve family conflict resulting from a relationship breakdown. A mediator assists families to clearly define their issues and reach agreement on those issues in a productive way.
Separation is always a difficult and emotional time. If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement on your own, a mediator may be able to help you communicate better with each other and reach an agreement. Mediators are neutral third parties who can help you agree on a variety of issues, including support payments, the division of property, or custody of and access to your children. You should review any agreement you reach during mediation with a lawyer before you sign it.
Did you know? As of March 1, 2021, most family law matters that come to family court will be required to attempt a family dispute resolution process before they will be able to continue with any further court proceedings. We are listed on the minister’s list to conduct these sessions (Section 44.01 of The Queen’s Bench Act, 1998,). Click here to learn more.
You can try mediation before you start a court case or at any time during your court case.
What Are The Benefits Of Family Mediation?
- It is voluntary. Parties may leave at any time.
- It allows parties to work out their own solution.
- If children are involved, it keeps the focus on their best interests.
- It may reduce future conflict by improving parties’ communication and problem solving skills.
- Using a mediator will be less costly and is less formal than court.
- This is a private process, unlike court.
Is Family Mediation Appropriate For Us?
For mediation to work, you must:
- Be willing to try to work out a solution with the other party
- Feel safe to meet with the other party to discuss the issues
- Be able to communicate your needs and listen to the other party’s concerns
What Types Of Issues Can We Mediate?
- How and when to separate
- Parenting issues (including custody and access)
- Child support
- Spousal/Partner support
- Division of property
- Other important issues
How Long Does Family Mediation Take?
Family mediation sessions take place when everyone is available. The length of time will depend on many factors, such as:
- Number and type of issues to be mediated
- Amount of conflict among the parties
- Degree of communication and cooperation among the parties
What Is The Family Mediator’s Role?
- The mediator’s role is to assist the parties to reach a fair and lasting settlement
- The mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the parties
- Mediators cannot give legal advice
Do We Still Need Lawyers?
The mediator does not take the place of a lawyer. Each party is encouraged to get independent legal advice before and throughout the mediation process.
It is very important for you to know about your legal rights and obligations and how the law affects your issues.
Each party should review the final mediated agreement with his or her lawyer before signing.
You can start or continue with a court case if you do not reach agreement during mediation.