As a mediator, I am a neutral person.
My role is to facilitate your discussions and help you decide how your dispute should be resolved. A mediator has no power or authority to impose a solution.
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HOW TO HIRE
Mediation-arbitration is a two-part alternate dispute resolution process that allows the parties to appoint one person to play two roles to help them resolve disputes on a final basis: (1) mediator and (2) arbitrator. If one person is concerned that the mediator would be biased as an arbitrator, then an arbitrator who is fresh to the dispute can be appointed.
Arbitration is a dispute resolution process through which a private arbitrator decides how specific legal disputes will be resolved. The arbitrator may be a lawyer, a mental health professional, or someone with other professional qualifications.
My Role as a Mediator
As a mediator, I am a neutral person. My role is to facilitate your discussions and help you decide how your dispute should be resolved. I have no power or authority to impose a solution.
With more than 15 years of experience working in the field of family law, I am able to provide you with a great deal of information about the legal and practical issues which common-law partners and married partners typically address in their separation agreements. I cannot, however, provide you with a legal opinion or legal advice about your rights or obligations. Instead, I will refer you to appropriate professionals for the advice that you need in order to feel confident that the settlement terms you have agreed to are appropriate for you and your family.
I take pride in having strong interpersonal skills, empathy, confidence, and a sense of humour. These skills, combined with a solid understanding of the law relating to the issues which are typically addressed in the negotiation of a separation agreement allow me to work effectively with clients. I recognize how important it is for clients to feel confident that the terms of their negotiated settlement comply with current law. If clients choose to negotiate an agreement with provisions that are outside the scope of mainstream thinking, it is equally important for them to feel that the same level of confidence that the terms, perhaps unique to the family or to the situation, will be upheld in the long term.
various stages of grief associated with a separation
Ultimately, the level of conflict between parties will dictate how the mediation process is structured, how many mediation sessions are required for the parties to resolve issues, and who participates in the mediation sessions.
Despite the differences in how the mediation process for a particular family may ultimately unfold, the following are the basic steps in my mediation process, and they are the same for all parties.
I meet with all clients separately as the first step in my mediation process because I passionately believe that individual intake meetings are essential to a successful mediation for the following reasons:
Intake meetings are confidential. They provide each client with the opportunity to provide me with background information from their individual perspectives without fear of criticism, judgment, or conflict.
During the intake meeting, I will explain the different types of agreements which may be appropriate, the various ways in which the mediation process may unfold, who may be involved in the process and what will be required in order for the parties to successfully negotiate an appropriate resolution of the issues they wish to address.
Clients are free to ask questions about me, the mediation process itself, how I might handle specific situations that may occur during the mediation process, and raise specific concerns about the other person, their ability to participate in a meaningful way, or potential outcomes. They are also free to share their views about how they would like specific issues to be resolved. Most people feel much calmer and more confident in their ability to participate in mediation in a meaningful way after their intake meetings.
Clients may be feeling pressure to attend mediation and worry that it is premature to start the process. Others may feel overwhelmed because the separation is so recent, or there has been family violence, harassment, or coercion in the past that leaves them vulnerable. Some clients have not had access to information about family finances and worry that they may be prejudiced in the process because of their lack of knowledge. In the presence of a trusted mediator, clients may be calmer, more organized, and have a better ability to provide me with the information that I need.
After I have completed the intake process and identified the issues that will need to be discussed during the mediation process, I will provide you with a list of the information and documentation that I need if there is a gap in the information I have received already.
We will decide how and when the information and documentation will be delivered to me so that I have time to review it before we meet. Generally, I receive documents in electronic format or in hard copies that I can more easily read and flip through during mediation sessions.
Immediately after you have completed your intake process, I will provide you with available mediation dates so that you may schedule the number of mediation sessions we estimate you will need to complete your discussions.