Providing Family Mediation Services in Brampton
Divorce is among the most emotionally difficult periods in a person’s life. I take a hands-on approach to helping parties move on with their lives in a private, supportive, and respectful manner.
Mediation vs. Litigation
Most of us have experienced the breaking up of a relationship at some point in our lives. However, even with the wisdom and experience gained through age and time, the dissolution of a marriage or a common law relationship brings a great deal of emotional pain and stress, in addition to the financial challenges that accompany a separation.
Why Choose Mediation?
In my many years of practising family law, I have found that couples going through a separation are often unaware of the option of using mediation as a legal medium for finding a solution, rather than a more lengthy court trial. Unless there are issues of violence within the relationship which can make it unsafe to attempt negotiations, couples are generally better off if they can agree to settle their issues by means of negotiation, mediation or collaborative family law.
Mediation is simpler than most people realize;
It is also considerably less expensive and takes less time than a court proceeding. And, as it is a more respectful, faster and more streamlined approach, mediation often equates with less stress for all family members. Through negotiation and mediation, my objective is to help clients work towards a fair and mutually acceptable resolution for everyone involved. Mediation also has other advantages, such as allowing both parties to have a direct say in decisions concerning their children.
As an Accredited Family Mediator, my role is to listen to the concerns of both partners, including what each partner wants, and help partners reach an agreement on division of property, access to children, support payments, and any other issues. I remain neutral during the negotiation and do not take sides, as my objective is to find a solution that is satisfactory and fairest for all parties. If you are dissatisfied with how the negotiation is going or unable to reach an agreement, you have the option to stop the process and initiate court proceedings.
The Benefits of Mediation
Design your own solution.
The court system has a number of mandatory attendances and documents designed to persuade parties to settle. Each court event costs thousands of dollars in legal fees spent drafting materials and on lawyer court attendances. Mediation costs are often shared and you choose how the long the process takes.
Parties that mediate are proven to have healthier post-separation relationships and healthier relationships with their children than parties that litigate their matter in court.
Enables rational discussion instead of conflict associated with the adversarial approach.
The average family court matter takes approximately a year to resolve. The system is overburdened and parties must often wait months between expensive court dates. With mediation you can finalize the issues quickly and move on with your lives.
Mediation is confidential. There’re no embarrassing remarks from your former partner on judicial record, your financial information isn’t made public. The details of your separation belong to both of you and no one else.
Mediation is without prejudice. Meaning nothing you say can be used against you should you decide to go to court.
Choose your own timelines, what documentation to submit, create your own terms, and make a schedule that works for you.
The law is sometimes described as a blunt instrument. Have the flexibility to tailor the terms to best fit your family dynamic.