Family mediation is a way to attempt to solve family disputes with the help of a neutral, third party without the need to attend Court. A mediator is a neutral party and does not represent the interests of either party.
Mediation has many benefits: Mediation is not about fighting, or winning. In mediation, the parties try to find solutions that meet the needs of everyone.
Children are given a voice through mediation. The process is completely confidential and there is no obligation to settle if the process doesn’t work out. And mediation can help to keep your legal bills lower.
Generally, the negotiating parties enter the family mediation process voluntarily and maintain control over the agreements made. The process is designed to ensure a safe environment and level playing field (in the case of a power imbalance in a marriage or common-law relationship) during the negotiation process. A mediator meets with each individual independently prior to holding a joint meeting.
Mediation saves time and money, preserves confidentiality, and helps to preserve relationships.
Jamal Family Law prides itself on designing the right mediation process for each family that seeks mediation. Fareen Jamal is a family law mediator accredited by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM).
Mediations attempt to ensure the following:
- the clients influence the outcome without strangers or 3rd parties making decisions on the matter;
- a sensible, early and equitable settlement even during seemingly hopeless disputes;
- clients will have a clear understanding of their choices and their consequences;
- thinking outside the box – solutions can go beyond the confines of legal precedent or traditional business models;
- use of common sense;
- achievement – it’s not about winning or success, it’s about finding a resolution and having the parties walk away with a sense of accomplishment.