Vanier & Associates

Ottawa West and Upper Ottawa Valley Lawyers

Vanier & Associates

Ottawa West and Upper Ottawa Valley Lawyers

Family Mediation

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a discussion to help write a contract together. The mediator does not give advice, take sides, or make judgments.

Instead, think of a mediator as a coach on a team, who helps team members work together to achieve their personal best.

Discussions are confidential and participation is voluntary.

Where court can result in harming family relationships, mediation can bring them together.

Mediation: Dispute resolution process
Separation agreement document ready to be signed

What is an Accredited Family Mediator?

The designation ‘Accredited Family Mediator’ (AccFM) protects consumers by setting standards and granting accreditation only to mediators who have completed a rigorous program of education, training and internship.

It is recognized by the Ministry of the Attorney General and in the Family Court System and is only available through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).

Family Mediation

Mediation: Dispute resolution process

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a discussion to help write a contract together. The mediator does not give advice, take sides, or make judgments.

Instead, think of a mediator as a coach on a team, who helps team members work together to achieve their personal best.

Discussions are confidential and participation is voluntary.

Where court can result in harming family relationships, mediation can bring them together.

 

Separation agreement document ready to be signed

What is an Accredited Family Mediator?

The designation ‘Accredited Family Mediator’ (AccFM) protects consumers by setting standards and granting accreditation only to mediators who have completed a rigorous program of education, training and internship.

It is recognized by the Ministry of the Attorney General and in the Family Court System and is only available through the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM).

Intergenerational Mediation

What is Intergenerational Mediation?

Intergenerational mediation is future focused.

It is different from family mediation. It can involve discussion not just of the family members, but also that of friends, neighbours, religious groups, civic groups, thus creating an entire circle of care for an older person.

Intergenerational mediation can help improve, preserve, and even restore relationships. It can be a way of dealing with issues that the legal system cannot, for example, family history and dynamics, interpersonal conflict, and quality-of-life choices.

Why Intergenerational Mediation?

As the needs of our greying population grow, Canada is poised for burgeoning numbers of multigenerational families and new challenges from concerns over

  • safety
  • health
  • caregiving responsibilities
  • housing
  • long-term care needs, and/or
  • finances.

Intergenerational mediators have developed people skills and acute listening skills, and use inclusive language. In a family conflict involving different generations, they use those skills to de-escalate the emotions between family members.

Research is showing that families who participate in mediation report positive outcomes, enhanced quality of life (through enhanced safety, security, dignity, and respect), improvement of fragile relationships, and reduced or prevented incidents of elder abuse and neglect.

Intergenerational Mediation

Woman looking out over the ocean

What is Intergenerational Mediation?

Intergenerational mediation is future focused.

It is different from family mediation. It can involve discussion not just of the family members, but also that of friends, neighbours, religious groups, civic groups, thus creating an entire circle of care for an older person.

Intergenerational mediation can help improve, preserve, and even restore relationships. It can be a way of dealing with issues that the legal system cannot, for example, family history and dynamics, interpersonal conflict, and quality-of-life choices.

An older couple walking along a lake

Why Intergenerational Mediation?

As the needs of our greying population grow, Canada is poised for burgeoning numbers of multigenerational families and new challenges from concerns over

  • safety
  • health
  • caregiving responsibilities
  • housing
  • long-term care needs, and/or
  • finances.

Intergenerational mediators have developed people skills and acute listening skills, and use inclusive language. In a family conflict involving different generations, they use those skills to de-escalate the emotions between family members.

Research is showing that families who participate in mediation report positive outcomes, enhanced quality of life (through enhanced safety, security, dignity, and respect), improvement of fragile relationships, and reduced or prevented incidents of elder abuse and neglect.

"Rod is our new family lawyer. My wife and I were thrilled with Rod's way of making things easy to understand. My business and family are now well protected because of his recommendations.We were especially happy with his teams commitment to providing extraordinary service!"

Kahlid Mankal Family Law Client

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Serving the west end of Ottawa including the former municipalities of Nepean and Kanata, and the valley for 37 years