Family Mediation in Toronto and the GTA
Those who choose to come to family mediation are often couples who have ended a marriage, or long-term relationship, and are looking to formalize it. They may be parents looking for a shared parenting schedule, a decision-making plan, or support arrangements for their children. They may also be a couple who own a family business and are seeking a division of shared assets.
Adults managing the complications of a sudden change to their health, or that of their spouse or parent, may benefit from the support and informed guidance from a mediator who has been working with adults experiencing these life transitions for eight years.
Separation and Divorce Mediation
My role as a divorce mediator is to assist couples end their intimate relationship without the need for financially and emotionally costly court proceedings.
Mediation has helped many families endure the hardships of family separation with a better sense of understanding and openness. It has allowed couples, siblings, and individuals to find lasting resolutions for disputes that had previously caused strife and discord. If you’re reading this page, chances are that someone – maybe your lawyer, friend, or family member – has recommended mediation to guide you through this difficult transition.
I help spouses and life partners create the foundation for their future co-parenting relationship by documenting how they will reach future agreements concerning their children while discussing what they care about in a child-focused manner. Discussions on what support arrangements are appropriate for your future life circumstances and a comprehensive division of shared assets will also take place.
You can start the mediation process even if you have not already spoken with a family law lawyer. During a brief call with me we can speak about your current situation and your goals to determine if mediation will help you and your
spouse or long-term partner reach an agreement outside of court. A lawyer will be needed at some point during the process to review the choices you made in our sessions so that they can offer advice and sign off on the completed agreement.
Mediation is considered the less adversarial alternative to divorce negotiations handled between family law lawyers because it can foster an environment of cooperation between the two parties who want to avoid a lengthy and expensive divorce trial. Rather than await for a judge to review the facts of your case and reach a final decision for you, mediation empowers couples to reach a mutually beneficial agreement on their own terms.
How Can Children Benefit from Parenting Mediation?
Children are at the heart of the issues to be discussed during family separation. Both parties want what’s best for their child or children, but are in need of new ways to talk about those goals. While minor children are typically not involved in the mediation process, their safety, happiness, and well-being are some of the core matters discussed during mediation. Children and their welfare are naturally sensitive topics, especially when it comes to the specifics of parenting time and decision-making.
They may not be physically present, but they may be more affected by a drawn-out divorce settlement. By allowing parents to make specialized decisions that are not available in traditional court proceedings, Mediation can significantly reduce the potential stress a child may endure while their parents decide how best to move forward with their future co-parenting relationship.
Whatever the life circumstances, the transition out of a major relationship is a difficult and stressful time. My approach can assist you find greater security, renewed individual purpose, and more meaningful relationships in the future.
Mediation For Communities in Conflict
Family mediation is not always about children and family separation. I have helped intentional communities come together after years of conflict and unproductive meetings using Robert's Rules to maintain order during meetings. These meeting rules can work for many communities, however, intentional communities are closer to a family than you might imagine.
Rather than just re-writing conflict-resolution policies and procedures, these large families have to rediscover the purpose of their community, and give themselves a sense of joint purpose that will improve the consensus-building process.
Are you interested in family mediation? Contact me today.