Family Mediation (Divorce Mediation)
Serving Durham Region
FMRC provides geared-to-income family law mediation to families experiencing divorce or separation. We provide help with all of your matters, including financials, parenting plans and Separation Agreements (if needed).
Research clearly shows that going to court is committing to an adversarial and conflict ridden process; not to mention, lengthy and costly! We will help you stay out of Court and keep control over decisions regarding your family.
What is family mediation?
Family Mediation is a voluntary process where a trained professional, called a mediator, helps participants to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. A mediator, unlike a judge or arbitrator, will not make decisions for you. You and your partner decide what will happen for your family. The mediator will act as a facilitator and referee, to help guide you regarding personal decisions for your lives and those whom you love. The key is: You and your partner maintain control over the outcome.
How does family law mediation work?
Each party describes the dispute from his or her own point of view and offers possible solutions. The mediator helps the parties to focus on the real issues causing the problem and then helps them to find a workable solution(s). When the parties arrive at an agreement, the agreement is put in writing.
How do you begin the process?
Contact us to schedule an intake meeting. If you have a lawyer, ask him or her to connect with us.
Are there cases that should not be mediated?
Almost all problems can be resolved in family law mediation! You should however discuss with your lawyer or mediator about your specific circumstances.
How family mediation help the couple emotionally?
Mediation supports the healing process; helps you focus on your future; eliminates aggressive bargaining and legal games; prioritizes the well-being of the children and addresses the parties’ needs and interests. You have a voice in the process.
So… Why choose Family Mediation?
It works. 80% family law mediations end in agreement as the parties are motivated to find resolution.
It’s affordable. Parties generally agree to split the cost of a mediator. Mediated cases avoid costly litigation.
It’s quick. If everyone is committed, mediation results in settlement far quicker than waiting until near trial to settle.
It’s private. Almost everything disclosed during mediation is confidential and cannot be used in a lawsuit.
It’s impartial. Mediators have no stake in the outcome. Their role is to facilitate resolution of the family matters.
It’s cooperative, not adversarial. Family Law Mediation provides a comfortable, safe and respectful setting for discussion. It is no where as combative as court cases.
What people say about us…
Didn’t expect that mediation would be such a smooth process! I actually got along with my ex more than we did during the last years of marriage! That showed me that I was in the right process for our family. Thank you, Laura and Eva! J.L.
Thank you, ladies, for accommodating us in separate rooms! Finally, we settled and it was not the nightmare that I thought would have been! H.F.
WOW! I never thought I would have been able to keep my home and work out such a creative arrangement with the father of my kids! Absolutely no doubt: mediation is the way to go! Thank you so much Laura! L.P.-I.
Never thought I would say this, but I actually gained more respect of my wife! The way we came up with arrangements for the kids was so team-like! Thank you both for helping us through and also giving us some great tools to use outside of mediation! H.A.