Valentine’s Day week is pretty awful for an article on divorce to be coming out! I should just end the article right here… but I won’t. I’ll try to keep it to a happy tone.
The first Wednesday in February (this year it was Feb 6th) is Family Mediation Day in Canada as designated by Family Mediation Canada. It’s a day to celebrate family mediation and the benefits that it brings to families going through separation and divorce. Since we didn’t have an article coming out on that day, you’ll have to accept this article as a Happy Belated Family Mediation Day.
Have you considered the option of Family Mediation to assist you and your former spouse to resolve your separation or divorce issues? It may be of interest to you if you answer “yes” to any or all of the following:
- I want to have control over the decisions that my former spouse and I make
- I want to resolve my issues quickly
- I want us to both come out as “winners” rather than there being a “winner” and a “loser”
- I want to maintain or improve communication with my former spouse
In short, as a family mediator I will facilitate the discussion between you and your former spouse with a view to arriving at a mutually acceptable solution to your separation and divorce issues. You may have your lawyers in the room, but usually parties decide to forego the lawyers. At the end of the mediation, you will be provided with a Mediation Report which should be taken to a lawyer to be placed in a legally-binding format.
Have you tried family mediation? Was it successful? Did you realize some or all of the above benefits? Share your stories with me – send me an email or follow me on Twitter at @stephaniecollab and send me a tweet. I want to hear from you! Find archives of my articles on our website.