Edmonton Family Mediation Services
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Is Mediation the best option for you and your family?
Mediation is a voluntary method of resolving family disputes where a mediator – a trained third party – helps a couple address their issues. When you work with Virk Law, one of our trained mediators will meet with you and your partner, and together you will explore potential solutions to your disputes in a collaborative environment. In our experiences, it’s possible that you and your partner can agree to terms without going to court. Mediation is often less expensive than a traditional divorce, as the cost of one mediator is usually less than both spouses paying for a lawyer.
A Mediator will not take sides and will not try and affect your reconciliation by imposing solutions. Instead, a mediator assists with options for resolution and will explore the needs of everyone involved by identifying issues.
Is Mediation right for you? To find out, we have compiled a comprehensive questionnaire to help you make the right decision for you and your family.
Virk Law Mediation Consultation Itinerary
Step 1: What is Mediation?
The first step is establishing that we are not acting as your attorney – we can’t emphasize this enough. As your mediators, we will introduce you to principles of neutrality, self-determination, and confidentiality policies inside and outside of the mediation process.
Step 2: Is Mediation Right For Me?
Mediation is a quick, effective, and inexpensive way for two parties to talk about their disagreements in a collaborative environment; however, it is not for everyone. Our trained mediators will examine your unique situation and determine whether mediation is right for you.
Step 3: Introduction to Your Issues
The mediator will ask you a series of questions like why are you considering mediation? Are children a part of the discussion?
Step 4: You Explain Your Side
You will have the opportunity to explain your side of the disagreement to a neutral, third-party mediator.
Step 5: Your Partner Explains Their Side
Your partner will have the opportunity to explain their side of the disagreement to a neutral, third-party mediator.
Step 6: Key Disagreements are Identified
High-level issues will be explored. For example, in a divorce mediation, the clients will make decisions about alimony, property division, and If they have children, decisions on custody, parenting, and child support.
Step 7: Issues are Discussed
Issues will be discussed, and a road map towards coming to an amicable agreement will be established.
Step 8: A Mediation Agreement is Drafted
Fees and payment policies will be discussed. If you agree to sign an mediation agreement, future appointments will be booked to ensure your matter is settled as soon as possible
Our Lawyers on the benefits of Mediation
“Mediation can work even when there is a high level of conflict as long as both parties are committed to engaging the process in good faith. In Family matters, mediation provides a process that is can consider children’s needs and interest. It can help reduce the emotional and psychological impact on all family members during separation, which can in many cases lead to more effective and long-lasting settlement.”
“Having the ability to resolve a family law matter with the assistance of a mediator can help create a resolution that is just, fair and reasonable. Mediation is a voluntary process in which the mediator helps the parties make decisions which are informed and in the best interests of parties. Mediation will typically be more cost effective and quicker than litigation in court.”
“Mediation is a great option for couples who are willing to compromise and dedicate themselves to finding solutions that consider the well-being of everyone involved – especially children.”