Mediation

1. Family mediation gets parents talking through mediation in order to address the best interests of the child. Mediation is an agreement-reaching process that is collaborative and consensual by both parties, with the aim to establish mutually acceptable guidelines on parenting practices.

The mediator remains neutral and impartial in order to facilitate this process.

The outcome is a mutually agreed upon parenting plan which serves the best interests of the child, which is decided on by both parents and not dictated by the judicial system:

    • A parenting plan is a written document that outlines how parents will raise their child after separation or divorce.
    • It describes the parenting arrangements that have been negotiated through mediation.
    • It takes all factors that have an influence on the emotional and physical wellbeing of the child into consideration.
    • A parenting plan can help reduce conflict between parents by setting out the clear guidelines and expectations negotiated through the mediation process.
    • A parenting plan should reflect the best interests and needs of the child.

Parenting plan negotiation may cover:

    • Communication between parents
    • Living arrangements
    • Contact arrangements
    • Holidays
    • Special occasions
    • Education
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Cultural and religious matters
    • Travel
    • Maintenance

And any other issues unique to the family and the child.

As part of the mediation service parents will be given:

    • Parenting Plan Agreement (signed by both parties)
    • Maintenance calculation (if so required)
    • Parenting calendar of shared time and holidays
    • Required court forms to be submitted with the Parenting Plan Agreement (if you would like it made an order of the court).

2. Divorce mediation provides couples an alternative to the lengthy litigation process. Whether married in community of property or out of community of property, couples are given the opportunity in mediation to address and negotiate their needs and wants out of the divorce settlement.

This process is more needs based than rights based. It addresses the emotional needs of both parties. From this process we draw a memorandum of understanding that the parties have negotiated for themselves without the costly necessity of legal counsel. Legal counsel may be consulted before signing off any finality in the divorce settlement. This would be the only point where it would be necessary to contact a lawyer, i.e. when the legal divorce settlement agreement needs to be drawn up from the signed memorandum of understanding.

Mediation is cost and time effective, thus alleviating any extra burden on the parties, as well as aid in reducing further emotional turmoil on both parties and the children.

My rates are based on a sliding scale in order to ensure fairness and affordability.

 

 

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