Since 2001, Riverdale`s mediation of couples separation has helped settle their affairs. We offer family mediation, conciliation and parental coordination. We work with lawyers and also with unrepresented clients. If you separate from your spouse, we can help you negotiate a separation agreement that can reduce costs and conflicts. Nothing that was said or done during the trial can be brought to justice, nor can the mediator be summoned to court to discuss the trial or what happened. Documents provided (with transaction offers) that are relevant to the process are not confidential. Similarly, the fact that the mediation process is complete does not mean that clients should not tell their lawyers, counsellors, friends, etc. what happened. It is only the trial (court or arbitration) that cannot be pronounced. With most spouses separating, they stop communicating effectively, especially when they can learn most from each other. Many are beginning to think what the other wants from separation.
Your first contact with your family mediator gives you the opportunity to discuss the mediation process, the expected outcome and your personal reasons for participating. This is the first step in cooperation under the direction of a mediator. It is recommended that all parties seek legal advice before entering mediation and consult with financial professionals and psychiatrists. A mediator cannot provide you with independent legal advice (ILA). Only a lawyer can give you the ILA. If you are trying mediation, it is always a good idea for you and your partner to have both your own lawyer. A voluntary and confidential negotiation process in which common law spouses or partners work with a professional mediator to reach an agreement. Can be combined with arbitration. (Med-Arb) If you or your partner has provided financial information that was not true or if you reach your agreement, a court may decide that the trial was not fair. It is usually best that they can agree on as many things as possible. You can talk to your spouse on your own or with the help of someone you trust, a lawyer or a mediator.
Your separation contract is based on your billing protocols. Lawyers generally design separation agreements. The law in Ontario is very clear. The decision on a written separation agreement is left to each couple. You are considered separate when your relationship has broken up and you are unlikely to be in concert. If you separate, there are a lot of decisions to be made. According to the Attorney General of Ontario, you can agree on things and put your decisions in a separation agreement under the supervision of a mediator. For those who have children long after your finances are settled, you are connected to each other by your children. Your children will be your greatest legacy. Numerous longitudinal studies have shown that separation and a negotiated divorce regime create the most stable long-term co-parent environments. If your mediation produces nothing more than a healthy co-parent environment, then it`s worth it.
Even after the trial has begun, you and your spouse can arrest him and try to reach an agreement. Many steps in the legal process encourage you to solve your problems yourself. You can learn a lot more about the alternatives to the dish by listening to this podcast. You can learn more about these alternatives, and how the court works, as well as many of the family law issues that come with a separation by fetching a copy of this $20 book on Ontario Family Law.