During separation it can be hard to see what the future looks like.
When clients first call, they are often anxious for the mediation to be over with. They may feel caught between the conflict in their life and the anticipated hurt of family separation, and they don’t know how to start talking about it.
Family mediation could be the breakthrough, but is it right for you?
Mediation supports the healing process and addresses what parties really care about and not just their positions; It gives you a voice, and most importantly keeps the focus on your children’s well-being.
Wait times for court services have increased substantially in the last year
The likelihood of prolonged uncertainty with how your case will be decided may lead you to settle out of court. Because mediators hear both sides, they can offer conflict resolution options that cut through the fruitless negotiating that can happen between lawyers.
We recommended Richard Bryson to a friend and neighbour of ours to resolve a land ownership dispute. Prior to the mediation, the parties involved could not even be present in the same room together. Richard and his co-mediator were critical in first getting everyone to meet and to talk again. By the end of two full days of mediation all parties felt better and were able to move forward. Excellent work.
Your story and its expression are central to conflict resolution and closure
I know it’s hard to imagine how you will move through this period, but I have seen many clients grow through their uncertainty and feel a renewed sense of wellness and even become whole again.
Richard is a good listener. He’s also thoughtful, insightful, level-headed, warm, fair, and compassionate – all qualities useful in tending to people in times of difficulty. The bonus is his sense of humor. Richard can see the lighter side of most situations, even tough ones, and that’s a gift.
Save $10,00o or more on average by not following the court route
The cost of litigating runs anywhere from $12-45,000 per person. The costs for mediation are much lower. A common plan of AC clients is just $1,250 per person.
Richard is a calm and empathetic mediator. He is truly able to see many perspectives and bring multiple sides closer in an efficient and respectful way. Highly recommended!
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Mediation supports the healing process; addresses what parties really care about and not just their positions; gives you a voice, and most importantly keeps the focus on your children’s well-being
This is what mediation will look like at Aligned Choices
– Individual Sessions
First, I will meet with each of you separately. You will each describe what you care about and offer potential solutions to resolve shared issues. I will ask questions, as well as answer any you have, in order to be able to focus on finding workable solutions.
– Joint Sessions
We will then all meet in the first joint mediation session. I will lead the discussions, and balance the needs for independent expression with providing a safe space. I will bring up each topic in a way that will help you both find new avenues through known conversations. The choice of how to move forward will rest with you and your spouse.
– Agreement Drafting
We may need more than one session to cover all the subjects that require attention. Once we have finished talking, I will write up a list of all the points of agreement and give you both a copy.
– Agreement Signing
I recommend that you speak to a family lawyer and receive advice as we take these steps together. If you did not consult one until this stage, you will need to do so now in order for a legally binding separation agreement to be created.
– Move Forward
At this stage you will have the framework for your co-parenting responsibilities, how you have agreed to communicate with one another, what needs to be discussed and when. The agreement will likely need to be revised as your children grow up. Follow up calls and sessions within the first year are normal after many separation processes, and returning to mediation is always a good option.
Transparent levels of Support – Enough to meet your needs
Prices indicate what each party pays – one individual session and half of the joint retainer. After our first session I will let you both know which plan suits your needs. *All prices include applicable taxes. I don’t charge extra for calls or emails between us.
If the matters are relatively straightforward, you and your spouse may only need a single joint session.
+2 hrs: $500
Price per person
If there are many important issues to be worked out, we may need at least two sessions.
+4 hrs: $1000
Price per person
With high level of complexity it’s recommended that we take the time to plan for the long-term.
+8 hrs: $2000
Price per person