Archives for Separation and Divorce

Family Mediators are Available Across BC

Mediate BC has a roster of family mediators who have met our stringent requirements in:

  • Training (mediation, family dynamics, safety screening, etc.)
  • Experience (experience as a family mediator)
  • Professionalism (adhering to our Standards of Conduct, ongoing professional development and more)
If you need a family mediator in BC, visit our… more »

Family Mediation is Timely

Legal disputes in the court system can take months or even years to complete.  The longer a family dispute takes to resolve the higher the financial and emotional toll on the family.  This is where mediation can help. A Department of Justice Canada study in 2007 found that cases whichmore »

The Best Interests of Children: Negotiating in the Shadow of the Law

Today, it is my privilege to publish a post about what is undoubtedly the single most important consideration for separating parents — including when they are participating in family mediation.  My thanks go to our highly esteemed distance mediation team member, Eugene Raponi, Q.C., for providing us with this… more »

When do I recommend mediation for my family clients?

Our popular guest blogger, Kari Boyle, Executive Director of Mediate BC Society, joins us again today with another thoughtful piece.  This time she explores the interesting question of when to recommend mediation to family clients: *   *   * I just read a very interesting post from Georgialee Lang about… more »

Family Mediation on the Horizon? 3 Common Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

No introduction is needed for today’s post, which comes from Victoria’s own Jane Henderson, Q.C., member of our distance mediation team and author of our immensely popular blog post, Family Mediation: One Lawyer Tells How She Does It:

Jane Henderson, Q.C.
I have noticed three common mistakes people
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The hot chocolate question du jour: “Why family mediation in B.C.?”

Never in a month of Sundays would I have thought that I’d spend the recent holiday season being grilled about family mediation.  The topic du jour, amongst my friends in any event, seemed to be prompted by B.C.’s new Family Law Act and its support of non-court dispute resolution processes,… more »

Tip #24 to help you make the most of your family mediation

Keep in mind that everyone’s perspective is their personal truth.  It is the world as seen through their eyes. 
As such, everyone’s perspective is valid and, at its core, is indisputable.

* * * Today brings my Advent Calendar of mediation tips to an end.  I hope that they will… more »

Tip # to help you make the most of your family mediation

Your children will be able to cope with your separation.  What they can not cope with is ongoing hostility between the two people they love the most.  From Jane Henderson, Q.C.
* * * Wondering what this is all about?  Check out the first post in this series.
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Tip #22 to help you make the most of your family mediation

Keep an open mind.
While you may have an idea of what you would like for an outcome to your mediation, if you are open to discussion and some compromise there is a greater likelihood that a resolution can be achieved.
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