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MEDIATION

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What is mediation?

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:

  • Parenting arrangements
  • Child support
  • Child custody 
  • Spousal support
  • Property matters 
  • Communication 

What is a mediator, and what do they do?

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.

DivorceEZ Mediator

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.

What next?

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.

Reasons mediation is preferred over litigation:

  1. Affordability - the cost of mediation is less per hour/session than the cost of a lawyer;
  2. Availability - mediators offer services in the evenings and weekends, where as lawyers typically have fixed working hours;
  3.  Intact relationship - mediation enables the parties to find a civil solution between them, and typically promotes a positive working relationship for the future;
  4. Outcomes - rather than a justice of court determining your outcomes, mediation allows the parties to resolve their matters and come to a determination themselves; 
  5. Participation - mediation encourages the parties to be cooperative and personally involved within the resolutions, whereas litigation requires the parties to obtain their own representative to dispute legal issues;
  6. Privacy - unlike litigation, there is no court within the mediation process... all information revealed to the mediator is kept private.

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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.