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.
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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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