Family Law Mediators
Our family law mediators are highly trained and experienced in negotiating reasonable, practical, and long-term solutions for clients. Through the use of mediation, we assist our clients in resolving their disputes outside of court.
What is family law mediation?
Family law mediation allows couples with or without lawyers to work with an unbiased third-party mediator. The mediator will help the parties identify any issues, effectively communicate with each other, and reach a fair and mutually beneficial solution. Mediation empowers families to resolve disputes themselves, using a wide array of tools, in a safe, supported, and professional environment, rather than having a result imposed on them by the court.
Since mediation is completely confidential, all communications made in mediation will be kept private and without prejudice and cannot be subpoenaed or otherwise requested from the mediator for future legal proceedings in the event that mediation fails.
How can a mediator help you?
Mutual decisions reached by both parties have a higher chance of lasting a long time and of being honoured compared to solutions that are imposed by a court of law. A mediator is able to assist parties in the process of reaching a mutual decision by helping them better communicate, by framing legal issues and offering legal information, and by explaining any legal implications that could arise based on the solution that is decided upon.
Compared to litigation and going to trial which can be time consuming and expensive, family law mediation can help parties reach a mutually beneficial solution in a matter of months not years. Mediation can also help minimize the emotional toll often associated with family law matters by focusing on preserving and improving family relationships rather than focusing on the negative aspects of a relationship.
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- How does family law mediation work?
- Why choose Linley Welwood for family law mediation?
- How long does family law mediation take?
How does family law mediation work?
Family law mediation works to help families resolve disputes in a safe, supported, and professional environment while also keeping their affairs private and confidential. In most cases, mediation will be held at the mediator’s office or another mutually agreeable neutral place. While the parties involved in mediation may or may not have lawyers, when lawyers are present, the parties are encouraged to work with the mediator and to confer with their lawyers on any legal issues. Issues which can be mediated include property and personal division, parenting time, support, and a wide range of other topics which are pivotal to family life.
Why choose Linley Welwood for family law mediation?
In most cases, family law mediation tends to be significantly less expensive than going to court. While the average cost of a trial that lasts up to five days averages around $27,1951 (not including expenses for the many proceedings and appearances required before reaching the trial stage), family law mediation usually costs around $2,7002 and the cost is split between both parties.
1 2020 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey
2 MediateBC 2016 Survey of Rostered Mediators
How long does family law mediation take?
Mediators are available for both video conferencing and in-person meetings to assist parties dealing with separation. In most cases, family law mediation can help resolve matters in months rather than the years it can take to resolve a case through litigation.
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