Divorce doesn’t have to be awful
Separation and divorce can have a devastating emotional and financial impact on families. And for most couples, it takes years to finalize their divorce through the Ontario family court system—which only prolongs the trauma.
South Simcoe Family Mediation offers couples a cost-effective and less adversarial alternative to litigation. We act as a neutral 3rd party to facilitate discussions around parenting plans, child support, division of assets and more. Our goal is a separation agreement that works for everyone.
Avoid expensive legal fees
Prevent a messy divorce
Work together, apart
Online mediation sessions reduce stress
Begin your new journey, faster
Our objective approach is focused on resolution
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Why Collaborative Mediation?
If you are going through a divorce, you probably want to move forward as quickly, peacefully, and in the most cost-effective way possible. Collaborative mediation is an innovative approach that allows you to do just that! Collaborative mediation is a combination of mediation and collaborative Law. It allows divorcing couples to stay in control of their family’s future by remaining in control of the decision-making. It ensures both parties are aware of their legal rights and allows for more balanced and fair negotiations.
After you have made the decision to separate, deciding which professionals to work with is going to be another important decision that you will need to make. It is important to remember that agreements drafted by mediators are not legally binding. It is only when both parties have had independent legal advice that the lawyers can then turn the mediated agreement into a legally binding separation agreement.
Unfortunately, what often happens is if the parties weren’t aware of their legal rights prior to entering into mediation, their agreements often completely unravel once the lawyers get involved. South Simcoe Family Mediation is one of only a handful of mediation companies in Ontario that offers a collaborative mediation approach. We have teamed up with some of the best lawyers in the business to ensure that both parties receive legal advice prior to the joint mediation sessions, and after an agreement has been reached in mediation.
We pride ourselves on being family-focused, efficient, and most importantly committed to helping you resolve the issues of your separation without litigation. Your marriage may be over, but your family continues. Let us help you move forward peacefully.
How Online Collaborative Divorce Mediation Works
During a free 20-minute exploratory session, we’ll listen to your story and explain the mediation process so you can make an informed decision.
Once an agreement is signed to move forward with mediation, we meet with each person individually to understand their priorities and issues. We also go through a financial disclosure interview with both parties.
Pre-Mediation Legal Advice
Once full financial disclosure has been provided by both parties, each party will meet with their assigned lawyer to review the financial disclosure and receive legal advice before entering into the joint mediation sessions. This will ensure both parties are aware of their legal rights and will allow for fair negotiations.
You’ll be asked to gather key documentation for review. We then meet online regularly to negotiate a comprehensive parenting plan, financial support, division of assets, etc.
Independent Legal Advice (ILA)
After you have reached a final agreement through the mediation process, you will then each review your mediated agreement with your assigned lawyer to review and obtain ILA. Once both parties have received ILA, your mediated agreement will then be made into a legally binding separation agreement.
After your ILA sessions and a final separation agreement has been reached, the last step is to sign the agreement with our notary and your independent witnesses. You can then use this agreement to apply for your divorce (if applicable).
The information contained on this website is not meant to replace legal advice. We strongly recommend each partner seek the legal advice of an attorney in Ontario before signing a mediation agreement.