Divorce and Separation

Divorce and Separation MediationFamily mediation is an effective process to resolve the issues that arise on the breakdown of a marriage or common law relationship. Mediation provides an opportunity to sit with a supportive, non-judgmental mediator who assists the participants to create their own solutions focussed on the needs of the family. The process is voluntary and confidential.

Many people feel powerless when changes are happening in their lives. Unlike litigation, mediation encourages open discussion that focuses on solutions for the future rather than blame for the past. One of the most rewarding features of mediation is that it gives people control over what is happening and empowers them to make decisions together. This process increases confidence, reduces stress, and improves communication, while offering your family a respectful way to resolve disputes.

BENEFITS OF MEDIATION:Divorce and Separation

  • Mediation is co-operative rather than competitive
  • You make decisions together to reach a workable solution for all parties
  • It minimizes conflict and supports relationships
  • It is less costly than litigation or going to court, in terms of time, financial and emotional costs


  • Manage the process so that the participants can focus their attention on communicating their concerns to each other
  • Keep the discussion safe and respectful
  • Give the participants an opportunity to be heard and to be understood.
  • Help participants to explore options/alternatives and generate solutions
  • Provide background information, if required, to help the participants make informed decisions

A Mediator does not give legal advice. Each parent should seek legal advice when an agreement is complete.

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Custody and Access

Custody and Access MediationIt is important that when a family separates, the wellbeing of the children is their first priority. It is sometimes difficult to separate what you want from what is best for your children. Each parent must put the needs and best interests of their children above their own.

Ending a relationship can lead to a painful sense of loss. While you are dealing with the changes in your life, your children often feel your distress and can have confused and conflicting feelings. Remember that although spouses or partners may end their relationship, parents are forever. Because children feel that their identity comes from both parents, it is in their best interests to have a strong and healthy relationship with both. Mediation can help you to put together a plan that is in their best interests, provides them with consistency and predictability and helps them to adjust to your children's new life.

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Parenting Plans

Parenting PlansWhen you decide to separate, whether you are common law or married, decisions must be madeParenting Plans about how your children will be cared for. To maintain control of their lives, many parents would prefer to cooperate and resolve these conflicts outside of a courtroom. A mediator can help you find common ground and reach an agreement. Children are not usually harmed by the separation or divorce itself, but by experiencing conflict between their parents. Parenting plans can be developed that put your children’s needs first and maximize quality time with each parent.

Let mediation help you to develop a framework for how you will work together to make major and day-to-day decisions for your children.

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Elder Mediation and future health care planning

Elder Mediation As family members age, changes in their capability may lead to differences of opinion about their future wellbeing. Mediation offers creative problem solving and facilitated discussion about how best to resolve these differences. A mediator will address concerns in a way that respects family relationships and improves communication.

Families want to care for their aging parents in a way that
          enhances their independence,
                    respects their dignity and
                                                      honours their personal preferences.

Participants in an elder mediation might include family members, friends, community care givers, members of the healthcare team and others who are willing to coordinate a plan based on what supports each member of the team can provide.

Try mediation for this sensitive family concern.

Mediation can also be initiated by a senior who wants to resolve his/her concerns with a Retirement Home or Long-Term Care Facility where they live, or if they feel they are not being treated with respect by family or caregivers.

An illness or accident can leave you unable to make health-care decisions about your future personal care. Advanced Health-Care Planning is an ongoing process that can give you the peace of mind to know that your wishes will be followed in theElder Mediation event that you are incapable of making care and treatment decisions. Many people do not like to talk about illness, incapacity or end of life decisions. However, planning in advance allows you to make it clear how you wish to be cared for, and explains your wishes to your family and your substitute decision maker who will make decisions on your behalf, in case you can’t make these decisions for yourself. The personal care wishes you express while you are still capable are legally binding on those who will make decisions for you.

A mediator can help you have this discussion with family and/or friends and assist you to create an Advanced Care Plan.

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Family Circle Mediation

Family Circle MediationFamily Circle Mediation brings members of the family
together to problem solve.
A mediator can help with any concern that is unsettling the family.
Circles encourage attentive listening and allow each member
to have an equal voice.
                                            Circles create a safe space and enable people to have respectful conversations
                            and make joint decisions about difficult questions.
                                                  Participants may invite extended family or friends
                                               to provide support or give input

                                                Give this effective problem solving method a try!


Parent and Child MeditationPARENT AND CHILD MEDIATION
A non-judgmental and impartial mediator can help parents and their children problem solve throughout the Parent and Child Mediationroller coaster of emotions that accompany their growing years.

With the help of a mediator, family members are often surprised at how they can listen to each other and learn new ways of getting along.

Circles can also be used to address problems with friends at school or when a child has experienced bullying. Those involved are invited to participate in a circle, which offers each one the opportunity to talk about their actions and feelings. Participants may bring a support person with them. Those who have caused offense can then offer apologies or restitution.

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