What is Mediation?
Mediation is a practical, affordable and confidential process to address conflicts within a family. In mediation, both sides try to resolve their differences with the help of a neutral mediator.
What is Family Mediation?
Family mediation helps parents to make important decisions when experiencing separation or divorce. Family mediation helps parents make decisions that are in the best interests of the children.
Who Can Help Me With Family Mediation?
A trained mediator can help you settle family matters without going to court. Family Justice Counselors and mediators available through Mediate BC can help you make important decisions when experiencing separation or divorce.
Who are Family Justice Counsellors?
Family Justice Counsellors (FJCs) are professionally trained to help parents resolve differences relating to parenting time and child support. Services provided are free of charge and confidential to parents and other family members. To learn more, see Family Justice Counsellors.
You may wish to talk to an FJC if you need to sort out parental responsibilities, such as: who the child will live with, when they will see each parent and how much child support will be paid.
To make an appointment, go to Clicklaw.bc.ca and use the map to locate a Family Justice Centre near you. You can also call Enquiry BC at 604-660-2421. Ask about a Family Justice Centre near you.
What is Mediate BC?
Mediate BC is a not-for-profit society that provides practical and affordable choices to prevent, manage and resolve disputes. The Family Law Act requires family mediators to be qualified to conduct mediation in BC. MediateBC.com has a directory of qualified family mediators.
How much does mediation cost and who pays?
Most mediators charge by the hour or use daily rates. Mediation is less expensive and often faster than going to court. You can work with a mediator to resolve all, or just of the issues in dispute between you and your former spouse.
For couples in conflict, the average cost of a family mediation is about $3000. However, this is significantly lower than the contested court case involving lawyers, where costs range from $7000 to $70,000+. Of course, every situation is different. The cost of your family mediation will depend on how much conflict there is between you and your former spouse. Can you work together to reach an agreement?
To learn more or to make an appoint, visit www.MediateBC.com, or call: 604-681-6050 | 1-800-713-0433.
How should I prepare before I meet a family mediator?
Last reviewed: March 2016
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