Family Mediation, Divorce Mediation in Toronto and Across GTA
Family mediation is a private and confidential way to settle your family law matters out of court. Family mediation is sometimes called Family Dispute Resolution (FDR), and is part of the broader disciples of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), a well known legal remedy for disputes in Corporate Commercial law. In family mediation, former spouses and partners work with a professional family law mediator to maximize their resources for the benefit of their family. The family mediators at Riverdale Mediation help you do this through negotiation, plus other skills and techniques they are specially trained for. We have helped hundreds of couples separate amicably since 2001 using family mediation.
What is Family Mediation?
A good definition of family mediation is:
- a process
- for settling out of court
- disputes between former spouses or partners
- with the help of someone who is skilled, experienced and neutral
- by having a conversation—either together or in separate rooms—
- in a way that is safe for everyone (legally, emotionally and physically)
- so that they can jointly reach an agreement
- on how to move forward in the future.
Family Mediation Can Help Settle:
- child custody
- child access
- parenting plans
- child support
- spousal support
- division of property
- and other issues too, like how to communicate better as parents, finding helpful counselling or other family services, and how to resolve future disagreements.
These are all the issues that will need to be settled between married spouses or common-law partners and will need to be written down in a separation agreement. Family mediation clients are almost universally satisfied with the process because it is respectful and productive, focused on the future and on their children. Read our Google Reviews. Our family mediators and arbitrators, Hilary Linton and Elizabeth Hyde, each have decades of experience helping separating and divorcing couples go their separate ways, amicably and still be able to co-parent their children effectively.