The Mediation Process in Ottawa
Mediation is a hands-on and task-oriented process. The process is usually less time-consuming compared to a traditional legal proceeding and can help parties avoid unnecessary legal costs. It also provides the parties with more privacy and a high degree of flexibility compared to the court proceedings. Mediation sessions typically last for up to 10 hours. The mediator might conduct the session over one or more segments. This informal and confidential process typically takes place in a meeting room at the mediator’s office.
Often, mediators meet both parties and their attorneys together. They might also have individual talks to seek agreement.
Prior to the mediation session, you and your lawyer will discuss your hopes, goals, and ideal outcomes. You also need to clarify the areas where you might be willing to make a compromise and your non-negotiables.
Start mediation understanding the issues and your stance on them.
Is Divorce Mediation the Right Option for Me?
If you are considering mediation, various elements, and factors will contribute to your suitability for the process. Consider mediation after consulting our experienced Ottawa family law lawyer. Every family dispute is unique. Evaluate your needs and goals realistically, considering your past relationship dynamic.
Successful mediation requires open and honest discussions and a flexible attitude toward problem-solving. For example, mediation might not be the right option for you if there is an imbalance of power present in your and the other party’s relationship. In other cases where there is a history of abuse or ongoing abuse, mediation would not benefit the parties.
It is important to fully evaluate whether mediation is the right process for you to avoid further delays, expenses, and trauma. In most family disputes, the common goal is to resolve the issues in the most efficient way. In certain situations, mediation not only doesn’t help the parties reach this goal, It even further complicates the matter. Therefore, it is significantly important to have a detailed discussion with your lawyer before committing to the mediation process.
Do I Need an Ottawa Family Lawyer Throughout the Mediation Process?
During the mediation session, it is your lawyer’s responsibility to provide you with legal advice and not the mediator’s. The mediator will instead act as a “go-between” to help facilitate communication between the parties. However, the mediator cannot force the parties to agree, and cannot impose an outcome. If an agreement is not reached, however, the parties may decide to pursue their claims in other forums.
Accessing legal advice is crucial throughout the mediation process, especially when reaching an agreement. Parties should have a lawyer review the final Agreement before executing it. They must protect their legal rights. Avoid terms that could harm future rights and liabilities. Having knowledgeable support simplifies mediation. A person who understands your case and laws benefits you.
Mediation lets you participate directly in drafting resolutions. You’ll need to make concessions during mediation. A mediator helps achieve a balanced agreement. Attorneys defend your rights throughout the procedure. Your attorney ensures agreements don’t disadvantage you later.
Professional Ottawa Divorce & Separation Mediation Services
If you are going through separation or a divorce, and contemplating whether mediation would be the right option for you, the experienced lawyers at RPB Ottawa Family Law will be able to provide you with the guidance you need. Book a consultation today with one of our experienced lawyers through our website.
Talk to an Ottawa Divorce Lawyer Today
RPB Family Law, an Ottawa-based family law firm, is dedicated to helping families find the best solutions to their problems. From divorce cases to child custody agreements, we approach every case with compassion and an open mind because we know that every family is different.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in all areas of Family Law in Ottawa and are willing to help you through any process. Contact us today at (613) 216-5044 to schedule a consultation with an experienced Ottawa Divorce Lawyer to discuss your case.