Referrals are accepted from any source (e.g. your lawyer, the court, your doctor, yourself); however, mutual consent shall be obtained from both parties before appointments are booked.
Once mutual consent is obtained, I will meet with each party individually for initial “intake” sessions to determine each party’s needs, wants and positions and to clarify with them their understanding of what mediation will entail. Then, if all parties decide to proceed (mediation is not for everyone) and if I determine that there is a chance of success (some factors may deem a situation ‘unmediatable’) I will meet with the parties jointly for sessions until an agreement is reached (or until the process is terminated). I will ensure that each party feels safe, and has an equal voice in the negotiations.
At the end of the process, I will prepare a mediation report, outlining all the points of agreement. This mediation report is not a legally binding document but can become one by having the terms re-drafted by counsel into a separation agreement, consent court order or other contractually binding document. It is never too early or too late to enlist the assistance of a mediator in your family law dispute. Some choose to mediate early, right after separation, while others seek help long after court orders and agreements are signed when new issues arise. Life never stands still, and each problem is situational, but the emphasis is always on moving forward. All parties to mediation are strongly encouraged to obtain Independent Legal Advice prior to participating in mediation. I will educate you regarding legal issues, but will never provide legal advice or draft legal documents for any party.