There are a number of family law issues that can be mediated. These include, but are not limited to:
child-related matters: each parent’s time with children, allocation of parental responsibilities, decisions regarding children, and guardianship
child support: incomes, amounts, expenses and mechanisms for review of support
property and debt division
If you are interested in using Shawn as a mediator, please contact our office at 604.635.1333 and indicate that you are seeking information with respect to Shawn’s mediation services, email email@example.com or go to our “contact us” and fill out the submission form.
Shawn has practiced law as advocate and legal representative in court, at mediation and at the negotiation table for over 11 years. In family law, his general approach focuses on problem solving and solutions given the overwhelming cost of going to court, unless necessary. In March 2013, family law changed when the Family Law Act was enacted which alters the landscape of how parents and spouses resolve their family disputes by making mediation the norm and court the alternative. As a result of this change, and his passion for helping people resolve matters in a positive context, Shawn became an accredited family law mediator and offers mediation services.
As a family law mediator, Shawn works with spouses and separated parents by:
Creating an environment to facilitate open discussions
Identifying what is most important to each person
Identifying what each person wants to achieve through mediation
Exploring interests and ideas
Focusing on the future while acknowledging the past
Helping parties create and assess long term solutions
Discussing the implementation of solutions
Historically, if parties could not agree, they went to court, “lawyered up” and litigated. Generally, the problems with litigation in family disputes are:
the parties are dealing with very personal and emotionally charged situations
litigation is adversarial and increases the probability of conflict and disagreement
the parties communicate through their lawyers instead of with each other
if the parties cannot come to an agreement, the person that will make a decision for them is a stranger to the parties: a Judge
there is no certainty in the outcome of litigation, how long it will take or how expensive it will be
the cost is painful – most people cannot afford lawyers and navigating the legal system without legal guidance is very difficult
Litigation and the courts are important pieces in family law and have their place. Same with mediation; but even mediation may not always be appropriate.
However, most family law disputes can be resolved when parties are brought together. It gives each person an opportunity to openly communicate with the other and try to come up with a solution on their terms. It puts the parties in mutual control.