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Our Kamloops Mediators Resolve Family Law Disputes Through Negotiation and Agreement

The costs of going to court can be high, and there is no guarantee as to the results. An increasing number of Canadians and Kamloops residents are turning to family mediation in order to resolve with family law problems rather than through litigation. The mediators at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP can resolve your family law dispute through negotiation and agreement. 


If you are looking for reliable family mediation services in Kamloops, give our team members a call today!

What Is Family Mediation?

Family mediation involves you and your partner meeting with a trained family mediator in order to resolve parenting, separation, and/or divorce issues. It is something to try before starting a court case or at any time throughout your case in Kamloops.


Benefits of family mediation may include:

You can work out your own solution without involving the court.

It can help both parties to work on communication and problem-solving, thus reducing potential future conflicts.

It keeps a focus on your children’s best interests.
Potentially less costly than going to court.

It is a more informal setting and private, unlike court.

It is voluntary, so that you can leave at any time.

In order for family mediation to work, you must be interested in working with and communicating with the other party in order to find solutions for you and your family. If you cannot communicate your needs or listen to the other party’s concerns, mediation will not work for you.


When you choose our family mediation services in Kamloops, you will be able to work on solutions for issues such as:

How and when to separate
Custody and access when it comes to parenting
Child support
Spousal and/or partner support
Division of property and assets

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.

The Role of a Family Mediator

A family mediator plays a crucial role in helping parties resolve disputes amicably and reach mutually agreeable solutions. Here's an overview of the role of a family mediator in the mediation process:

  • Neutral Facilitator: A mediator acts as a neutral third party who facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties. They do not take sides or impose decisions but instead help parties explore options and find common ground.

  • Conflict Resolution: Mediators are trained in conflict resolution techniques and help parties identify underlying issues and interests. They assist in finding creative solutions that meet the needs of both parties and any children involved.

  • Communication Support: Effective communication is key to successful mediation. Mediators help parties communicate their concerns, interests, and priorities effectively, ensuring that each party feels heard and understood.

  • Focus on Children's Best Interests: In family mediation, the well-being of any children involved is a top priority. Mediators help parents focus on the needs of their children and develop parenting plans that prioritize the children's best interests.

  • Information and Education: Mediators may provide information about legal rights and responsibilities, but they do not offer legal advice. They help parties understand the implications of various decisions and encourage them to seek independent legal advice when necessary.

  • Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential process, and discussions that take place during mediation cannot be used as evidence in court. This confidentiality encourages open and honest communication between parties.

Benefits of Family Mediation

Family mediation offers several benefits compared to traditional litigation. Here are some key advantages of choosing family mediation to resolve disputes:

  • Cost-Effective: Family mediation is often more cost-effective than going to court, as it typically requires fewer hours of legal representation and avoids lengthy court proceedings.

  • Faster Resolution: Mediation can lead to quicker resolutions compared to court cases, which can be drawn out over months or even years. This is especially beneficial for parties looking to resolve their issues promptly.

  • Control Over the Outcome: In mediation, parties have more control over the outcome of their dispute. They can work together to find solutions that meet their unique needs and priorities rather than having a decision imposed upon them by a judge.

  • Preservation of Relationships: Mediation can help preserve relationships, especially important in family disputes where ongoing relationships, such as co-parenting, are involved. The collaborative nature of mediation can help parties communicate more effectively and reduce animosity.

  • Confidentiality: As mentioned earlier, mediation is a confidential process which can encourage parties to speak more openly and honestly. This confidentiality can help protect sensitive information and maintain privacy.

  • Flexibility and Informality: Mediation allows for more flexibility and informality compared to court proceedings. Parties can choose the timing and format of the sessions, making it easier to schedule around other commitments.

Overall, family mediation offers a collaborative and constructive approach to resolving disputes, focusing on finding mutually acceptable solutions while minimizing conflict and stress. Our lawyers at Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP are experienced in providing family mediation services in Kamloops. Consult us today to book a consultation with us for your family mediation requirements.

What to Expect from Family Mediation?

The mediator will have confidential meetings with each party before any mediation meetings begin in order to understand each party’s interests and goals as well as to adapt the process to those needs. Afterwards, one or more joint sessions take place in order to reach agreements on the issues at hand. If successful, no litigation is necessary. If not, litigation must commence.


To start the process, see if the other side is open to mediation to settle your issues, either directly or through your lawyer.

Our skilled team of lawyers and associates can help you with various other legal matters such as corporate law, criminal law, estate litigation and much more in Kamloops. Connect with us today for more information!  


Our Family Mediation Team in Kamloops 

Contact Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP to determine the right solution for you.  The following lawyers would be happy to assist you in the matters related to family law:

Download our client information sheet here and send it to us before your initial meeting. We can be better prepared to assist you.

Experienced Legal Representation

Count on Cates Ford Soll & Epp LLP to help resolve your family issues.

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