In Ontario, anybody can call themselves a Family Mediator as daunting as this sounds. Mediators that are accredited have educational instruction in Family Law, Mediation Theory and Practice, Domestic Violence, Family Systems, and other relative training. They have also successfully completed an intensive and long internship under the direct supervision of a seasoned and fully accredited Family Mediator. Accredited Mediators are bound by a code of ethics and are required to obtain numerous hours of continuing education annually.
It is important to think of your children’s needs, their individual ages and stages of development. Parents should also look at the proximity of their homes to each other, their work schedules, and so on. There is no one size fits all approach. In addition; children’s needs change as they grow, and life changes happen. Good Parenting Plans should outline how changes will be made to the Parenting Plan if changes must be made in order to ensure the best interests of the children are met.
Mediation sessions are billed at an hourly rate. There is an additional cost to prepare the Memorandum of Understanding. Most cases start to finish (which can include both the Parenting Plan Memorandums and the Financial agreement) fall roughly in the $2000- $3000 range, with the fees shared equally between the parties. Final fees will be dependent on the number of hours required per individual case.
Mediation is an beneficial way for parties to resolve their issues when they want control of their futures, they want to reduce the level of conflict, they want to keep their money in their family rather than in the court’s pocket, and they want quick resolutions to their family matters . For most families, Mediation is a good way to settle their issues. There are times though when Mediation is not appropriate. For Mediation to take place, both parties must be in agreement. Parties should be able to comfortably speak up for themselves in order to ensure that they are able to state their needs and negotiate effectively. There are times when there are power imbalances and/or a history of Domestic Violence. Through methodical screening, the Mediator will decide if mediation is appropriate.