Alberta Courts recently reintroduced a Mandatory Dispute Resolution requirement, which means that no one can proceed to litigation (i.e., to court) without first having tried a dispute resolution process such as mediation. Our trained mediators are here to help, and we can get you an appointment often with 7-10 days. We also do mediation online if you prefer that option.
The mediation process for separating and divorcing couples brings significant benefits. First, in the hands of a trained mediator, mediation can reduce the amount of stress, time and money associated with disentangling your lives. While court litigation processes typically cost each of you in the tens of thousands of dollars over the course of a year or more, the mediation process typically costs far less and often takes less than six months, depending on your circumstances.
Mediation also helps you find creative solutions to the problems you confront. Rather than letting a judge decide how you should parent your children or split your assets and debts, a mediator helps you identify what is most important to each of you and looks for options that meet both your needs.
Mediation focuses on the well-being of the family as a whole, including children. A skilled mediator can help you develop plans and communication strategies to ensure that your children are kept out of the dispute as much as possible and that you both have a consistent message for them as you separate and figure out parenting responsibilities.
Mediation may also be beneficial in circumstances of abuse. A skilled mediator will provide options to ensure the comfort and safety of both parties while also helping you address the practicalities of separating.
Many people believe that getting in front of a judge will ensure they get their day in court and the other person will get what he or she deserves. In truth, less than five percent of cases in Alberta ever get to a trial. The majority of cases are settled partway through the process, either at a less formal hearing or with the help of lawyers. Separating and divorcing couples who use the litigation process are often bitter and just “want to get it over with”. The mediation process, conversely, can help bring closure to the end of your relationship and lay the foundation for moving ahead more positively with your lives.