The mediator will allow you and your spouse an equal opportunity to share your perspectives. This will keep you on task and focused on the common objective of amicably resolving your separation or divorce.
We will provide a warm, neutral and respectful environment for you to settle the issues surrounding your breakup in the most respectful, cost-effective and personalized way possible.
Our mediators are also qualified to handle more specialized claims, such as compensatory allowance, lump sum alimony, execution or cancellation of gifts in a marriage contract, and others.
Mediation is dramatically less costly than litigation.
All information disclosed in mediation sessions remains confidential, unlike court documents, which are public. No records, transcripts, personal documents or financial information disclosed in mediation can be used outside of mediation or produced in court. This rule protects your privacy.
The mediation process helps preserve relationships that would otherwise often be destroyed after years of litigation. This is a particularly important advantage when children are involved and you want to protect the quality of your relationship with your children and with your co-parent.
Mediation is a good first step to reduce tensions between parents, and to make the process of separation or divorce as non-conflictual as possible.
Also, once you and your spouse have arrived at an agreement in mediation, each of you should consult an independent lawyer to finalize the text of the agreement in appropriate legal language, and it will then be filed in court to conclude your separation or divorce.
You will be given homework at the end of each session of mediation (completing court forms such as the budget and the Annex I, finding important financial documents, bringing documents pertaining to your children such as their school calendars, etc.).
Remember that, just as in court, financial disclosure is the rule for both of you. Mediation cannot succeed if you are trying to keep secrets from each other. You have to conduct yourself with fairness, transparency and respect for your spouse.
The mediator will help you discuss each of your issues, and will note down all points upon which you come to an agreement.
What is important is getting into the good habit of trying to resolve conflict by discussion and compromise. A partial agreement is a good beginning that you can build on in the future.