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What is Mediation?

On behalf of Linley Welwood LLP posted in Mediation on Thursday August 22, 2019

Understanding what mediation is and how it works can help you make an informed decision about whether or not seeing a mediator is in your best interests. At Linley Welwood, we want to help make the divorce process as quick and painless as possible. Our mediator is trained at negotiating reasonable, practical, and long-lasting solutions for clients without having to go to court.

What is Family Law Mediation?

Family law mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes with the help of a neutral third-party mediator who will help the parties involved identify the issues, facilitate effective communication, and reach a flexible, balanced, and personalized solution. Some of the issues related to family life that can be resolved through mediation include property and pension division, as well as parenting time.

How Does Mediation Work?

Mediation works to empower families to resolve disputes themselves by using a variety of tools in a safe, supported, and professional environment, rather than having a resolution imposed on them by the court. In most cases, mediation will be held at a mutually agreeable neutral place, such as the mediator’s office. Parties at the mediation may or may not be represented by lawyers; however, when lawyers are present, parties may be encouraged to work with mediators and to confer with their lawyers on any legal issues.

By helping families resolve their disputes in a practical, efficient, and creative manner, mediation offers a more affordable solution for settling disputes outside of court. Mediation also works to keep all family affairs private and confidential, allowing the parties to move from conflict to resolution while also laying the groundwork for healthy ongoing relationships.

Benefits of Mediation

Being able to come to an amicable resolution to a dispute is one of the main reasons that people tend to choose mediation over traditional litigation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution. By empowering parties to solve their problem with a win-win solution, mediation often promotes healing in cases where one party feels tremendously aggrieved and allows the parties to continue healthy, personal relationships.

Some of the other benefits of mediation include:

  • Affordability
  • Timely resolutions
  • Private sessions
  • Confidentiality
  • Participating in resolving the dispute
  • Preserving relationships between parties

If you would like to learn more about what mediation is, or if you are interested in our legal services for family law cases, please contact the law experts from Linley Welwood at 604-850-6640 or by filling out a contact form on our website.


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