Family mediation is family-centered process for resolving disputes between people with the help of an impartial mediator.
It provides a safe and informal place for you to have an open and honest discussion, as well as the opportunity to work together to come up with solutions that are fair and agreeable to those involved.
Watch the following short video presented by the Government of Alberta for additional information on mediation.
Why Would I Choose Mediation?intriguewp2020-11-10T10:57:35-07:00
It may not be suitable for families that are experiencing issues with violence, neglect or chronic alcohol/drug abuse. It is recommended that you contact a mediator to evaluate if mediation is the right process for you.
What Issues can be Discussed in Mediation?intriguewp2020-11-10T11:23:44-07:00
The role of the mediator is to be an impartial third party who can help people reduce conflict between them, improve communication and assist them to come to a resolution.
The mediator can help you to identify your issues, provide information where needed, assist you to explore a variety of different options, while focusing on the needs and interests of those who are involved, including your children.
What is My Role in the Mediation?intriguewp2020-11-10T11:28:34-07:00
Your role in the mediation is to be open to have an effective conversation with the other person by being clear about your concerns and needs and being open to listen to the other person’s concerns and needs.
The goal is for you to take the time to work together and come up with solutions that work for both of you.
Decisions are made by the people involved in the mediation, not the mediator.
Where and When does Mediation Take Place?intriguewp2020-12-16T07:08:52-07:00
Mediation usually takes place in a neutral environment, such as a boardroom or office that is considered safe and comfortable for all individuals involved.
In order to keep everyone safe and healthy during this time, we are currently offering mediation services by phone.
Appointments can be set up during the day, in the evening or on weekends depending on people’s schedules.
How Long will the Mediation Take?intriguewp2020-11-10T12:00:29-07:00
A mediation takes anywhere from two to three hours.
One to several mediation sessions may be required, depending on the number of issues that need to be resolved, the complexity of the issues and the willingness of the people involved to resolve these issues.
Many disputes are resolved in one or two mediation sessions.
Is Mediation Private and Confidential?intriguewp2020-11-10T11:37:08-07:00
Pre-mediation takes place before you meet in mediation and involves each person speaking with the mediator on a one-on-one basis, usually by phone.
This meeting varies in length taking anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour.
During the pre-mediation, the mediator will provide you with an orientation for the mediation; determine the readiness of each person to participate in the mediation, get your contact information, find out what you need to resolve and help you to prepare.
Do I Need to Sign any Documents?intriguewp2020-12-16T07:10:18-07:00
To start, the mediator will sit down together with the people in dispute and discuss a few housekeeping items such as communication and confidentiality.
With the assistance of the mediator, the issues that need to be resolved will be put on the table.
The mediator will then assist you with a discussion about any of your concerns, needs or interests relating to the issues.
You may be asked some questions by the mediator to help clarify information making it easier for you to be heard by the other person.
The mediator will help to balance “air time” and reduce any obstacles to clear communication.
You will have the opportunity to come up with and explore a variety of options.
All decisions are made by the people involved in the mediation, not the mediator.
If an agreement is reached, the mediator will write this information down and will provide you with a copy of your Mediated Agreement in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding within a few days of the mediation.
The Mediated Agreement is not legally binding, but can be used as the basis of a legal agreement or Court Order.
How do I Make my Mediated Agreement Legal?intriguewp2020-12-16T07:16:42-07:00
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