FAMILY MEDIATION

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Services are offered in person or remotely

What does mediation involve?

Family mediation is a voluntary process of negotiation and conflict resolution to address issues related to separation and divorce, such as parenting time, child support and property partition.

By calling upon an accredited family mediator, you can benefit from the experience of a professional to guide the process and help you discuss your interests and needs.

Instead of letting a judge decide for you, mediation allows participants to to keep power in the decisions that affect your family. The mediator's role is to guide the negotiation process, not to adjudicate.

Mediation makes it possible to settle a separation with less stress, delays and costs. Participants are also more likely to follow up on their agreements after having contributed directly to the negotiations.

Finally, everything that is said in mediation is strictly confidential and cannot be used in any other context, including in court. This confidentiality allows you to generate ideas without fear of them being used against you.

Are you eligible for free hours?

To settle your separation or divorce in mediation, you could benefit from free hours:

  • 5 h if you have children
  • 3 h if you don't have children
  • 2,5 h to review an agreement or a judgment

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What are the steps?

Evaluation

During an initial meeting, we first discuss the process and look at the mediation contract, which sets out the general course of action. The mediator then helps you determine a plan for the topics to be addressed and the order in which to address them.

One should not expect everything to be solved at once, but getting into action allows you to assemble the puzzle gradually, one piece at a time.

Negotiations

According to the plan established together, the mediator helps you to clarify each issue that concerns you.

You have the opportunity to specify on which points you agree and the mediator accompanies you to resolve the elements of disagreement.

Summary of agreements

At the end of the sessions, the mediator will prepare a summary of the agreements for you, containing all the matters you have agreed upon.

In more than 80% of cases, the mediation is complete and the summary covers all the issues. However, even if you cannot agree on certain aspects, the summary may contain partial agreements.

Homologation,
if needed

The summary of agreements has no legal value in itself. To be formally effective, it must be transformed into a consent to be filed with the court in order to obtain a judgment, with or without the help of a lawyer. Under certain conditions, I can also accompany you for this step as well.

N.B. A judgment is optional for unmarried couples, but mandatory to obtain a divorce.

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