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.