Mediation occurs when the parties have come to a dispute on certain matters and cannot resolve the issues themselves - therefore, they require the need of a third party to arrange and assist in negotiating the disputes so the parties can come to a common ground.
Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process that can only occur when all parties agree. In the case where the parties cannot agree on mediation, or cannot reach an agreement through-out mediation, then they can go to court to have the matter resolved through litigation.
Mediation in Alberta can help with issues such as:
A mediator is a third party who works neutrally between the parties to resolve and reach a settlement on any disputes in which the parties cannot come to an agreement on themselves.
The role of a mediator is to obtain the disputes amongst the parties, listen to their concerns, provide the parties with information on the specific matters, and purpose options for a mutual settlement.
One major factor of a mediator is their main attempt to ensure the mediation process is kept at a neutral balance between the parties by maintaining civility, communication and cooperation.
A mediator in Alberta can only be a facilitator between the parties; they do not take sides, nor do they have any decision making authority.
The mediator at DivorceEZ has over 20 years of experience working with families in the field of Financial Planning, Taxation and Banking, separation and parenting. Our mediator is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers and fully understands family dynamics.
DivorceEZ’s practice is to assist individuals and families in finding their own sustainable solutions.
* Our mediator cannot give legal advice but can direct you to different Family Acts that apply to your specific situation, and refer you to a Family Law Lawyer if the need arises.
Once the disputes between the parties have been resolved and a settlement has been reached, an agreement can be made written or orally; the agreed upon terms can be drafted into a consent order, and filed within the Alberta Courts which then becomes legally binding.
If the parties cannot come to a resolution on the outlining disputes, then they can decide to pursue the matter through litigation.
If there are areas within your separation that you do not agree on, consider going into mediation before taking your issues to court. Aside from being a less stressful and less costly alternative to court, the benefits of mediation are countless.