What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a co-operative problem solving process. A neutral third party, the mediator, assists separating people (couples, grandparents) to work out their own, mutually acceptable agreement.
Parties often reach a creative, fair and practical settlement, even though the conflicts may be complicated and the parties are unable to negotiate on their own.
Mediation is completely voluntary and confidential. Either party is free to withdraw from mediation at any time. In fact, the mediator may terminate the process when he or she feels the process is not useful or appropriate for the parties.
How Does It Work?
The process is completely voluntary. Both spouses start by completing an intake form which is not disclosed to the other spouse. It provides the mediator with the basic information about you and the issues you would like to discuss.
The mediator will meet with each of you individually to explain the process in greater detail and assess whether a joint mediation session is right for you.
If it is, you will be asked to sign a mediation agreement at the beginning of a mediation session with both of you.
The mediator will facilitate your discussion about the identified issues. The mediator remains neutral at all times and will not give you advice. The mediator will ensure that you both have an opportunity to say what you want to say and to hear what the other wants to say. The mediator will assist you to reach agreement which will then be recorded in a report which, when given to your lawyers will be the basis for a formal separation agreement.
The goal is for each of you to reach a right understanding between you.
Please complete the form to the best of your ability.
Once submitted you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to proceed.