ADR – Family and Civil Mediation Services

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative to the traditional court process in order to resolve disputes. Mediation is the process by which a neutral third party, the “Mediator,” assists people to resolve their dispute and reach a voluntary settlement. A  Mediator is not a judge, he or she helps people negotiate a fair settlement of their dispute.

What Types of Mediation Do You Practice?

M.J. O’Nions Lawyers & Mediators practice both Civil Mediation and Family Mediation.

Some of the typical Civil Mediation cases involve disputes in employment context such as “Workplace Mediation,” disputes relating to an estate “Estate Mediation,” disputes relating to strata units “Strata Mediation,” or any other dispute people have that needs resolution.

Family Mediation is usually mediation revolving around divorce or the breakup of a relationship. Family Mediation can involve dealing with property division, child guardianship, spousal and child support, etc.

What is Your Mediation Philosophy?

The philosophy of M.J. O’Nions Lawyers & Mediators is to use an array of different types of mediation techniques depending on the situation. We do not necessarily advocate one type of mediation style over another. We believe that each type of mediation has its merits depending on the appropriate circumstances. For example, in Family Mediation we prefer a  more interests based approach to mediation.

Advantages of Mediation

  • Mediation can save you money compared to litigating in court.
  • Mediation will save you time as opposed to a lengthy court process.
  • You participate in the resolution of your dispute as opposed to having a judge impose a decision for you.
  • People are more inclined to adhere to the agreement or resolution by mediation than from a decision of a judge.
  • Mediation is a confidential process between the parties, it does not form part of the public record like a court application.
  • The mediation process is less adversarial without the win or loss at court, which leads to a greater chance of preserving relationships.

Why Hire a Lawyer Mediator?

A lawyer mediator can provide legal information informing the participants of the legal issues involved in their dispute. A lawyer mediator can also draft the settlement agreement or separation agreement on behalf of the parties.

How Do I Start the Mediation Process?

Contact us through the general intake form and a lawyer will call you within 24 hours to assist you, or you can call us directly at 604-449-7779

To learn more about Family Mediation and Civil Mediation, we invite you to read our blogs on What is a Mediator, Mediation Process, Mediation as an Alternative to Court, and Dispute Resolution.