Family & Divorce Mediation
Serving Durham, GTA and Peel Region
FMRC provides free and sliding-fee scale family 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 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 does divorce 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 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 Mediation provides a comfortable, safe and respectful setting for discussion. It is no where as combative as court cases.