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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary and confidential process whereby a neutral and impartial third party (the Mediator) helps parties resolve disputes. Family Mediation specifically is for couples looking for separation or divorce. Family Mediation can also include Elder, Estate, as well as Child Welfare Mediation.

Is Mediation Right for Me?

Mediation is not right for everyone. In cases where there is a large power imbalance or a history of violence, coercion, intimidation or similar, the Mediator may deem it inappropriate to mediate and may suggest another course of action. Not sure if that is you? Book your free consultation and we will happily guide you through the process.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

Whether you choose the mediation process or not, each party will be required to have independent legal advice (ILA). Your Mediator (even if a lawyer) will never offer you legal advice, but rather information and suggest you consult with your lawyer. The Mediator works for both parties, whereas your ILA is there just for you.

How Long Will the Process Take?

Every case is different, however typically we find on average each case takes about 20 hours.

How Much Will the Process Cost?

Mediation is a much more cost effective process than litigation. Costs can differ from Mediator to Mediator, however it is important to realize that with mediation both parties are typically splitting the costs. Please email us        to find out about our rates.

Once We Reach Agreement then What?

Typically your Mediator will walk you through a parenting plan (where parenting time is divided up between parties, where applicable), Child (also known as 'Table') Support, as well as spousal support (where applicable). Once the agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is accepted by both parties, each party will take the agreement to their ILA for review. Once reviewed and accepted, your ILA will bring it to the courts as an uncontested document. Typically, agreements are reviewed annually with your Mediator to examine any changes in salary, relocation etc.

How Does Mediation Work During COVID 19?

Thankfully, we are able to maintain full function of all mediation cases with the help of Zoom. With your safety in mind, we will operate remotely until deemed safe to do otherwise. Most of our clients are finding they actually prefer discussing things in the comfort of their own home.

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