What Is Mediation?

What Is Mediation?

In mediation the parties try to resolve a dispute with the assistance of a neutral mediator.

  • Mediation is a practical, affordable, flexible and confidential process to address disputes of all kinds.
  • The parties, not the mediator, make the decisions about the terms of their agreement.
  • Mediation is a legally binding alternative to going to court.
  • For simplicity, we refer to three broad kinds of mediation:
    • Civil mediation – which covers virtually every kind of dispute except “family” and “child protection”
    • Family mediation – which covers conflicts within a family including separation, divorce, parenting arrangements, property and asset division, as well as planning tools including estate planning, cohabitation or marriage agreements etc.
    • Child Protection mediation is a form of family mediation which involves planning for the safety and wellbeing of a child where they are disputes between the parents/guardians of the child and provincial child welfare workers.

About pacificpolicies

Mediation is the most satisfying work I've ever done. Helping people to find mutually acceptable resolutions to problems, even in longstanding and complex disputes, is an honour that I highly value and a responsibility that I take very seriously. I have a sliding scale fee schedule to ensure low income people and not-for profit organisations can access alternative dispute resolution and avoid costly court actions. I'm a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC), the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (BCAMI) and registered on the Mediate BC Civil Mediators Roster: http://www.mediatebc.com/Find-a-Mediator/Mediator-Profile.aspx?RosterTypeId=1&MediatorId=402
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