What Does the Mediator Do?
A mediator is not a replacement for a lawyer. They cannot give legal advice, take sides, or make any decisions for you or the other party. Their role is strictly to assist all parties in finding a solution that is fair and lasting. It is suggested that you seek out legal advice before going into mediation and retain it throughout, as you should know your legal rights and obligations.
In order to choose a family mediator, all parties involved must agree on who it will be. You can find a family mediator in private practices, such as Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP, or through community groups and counselling organizations. When choosing a family mediator, you should be considering things such as their professional background, the type and how much training related to your issues, how the mediation fees are set and paid, and the scheduling of time and dates for sessions.
Our lawyers are certified and trained in family mediation for the Kamloops area. We can help you work through the often painful and difficult process of negotiation towards an out-of-court agreement. This approach to family law helps keep costs down and allows our clients to focus on the issues that matter to them. Not every problem can be dealt with through family law mediation, but many cases can benefit from this more flexible and cost-efficient approach.