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?
The Aligned Choices approach to mediation supports the healing process. I will give you a voice so that what you really care about will be addressed. Most importantly the conversation will be child focused to ensure their wellbeing.
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
Revising the story of conflict in collaborative storytelling and creating a clear plan for how decision making will proceed moving forward are the priorities in the Aligned Choices mediation process.
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 $2,000 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 you privately. I will ask questions, as well as answer any you have. Telling me what you care about during this meeting will allow me to better focus on finding workable solutions ahead of the joint sessions.
– 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 and guide the conversation in a way that will help you find new resolutions. The choice of how to move forward will rest with you and your former 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.
If the matters are relatively straightforward, you and your spouse may only need a single joint session.
+4 hrs: $1000
Price per person
If there are many important issues to be worked out, we may need at least two sessions.
+7 hrs: $1750
Price per person
With high level of complexity it’s recommended that we take the time to plan for the long-term.
+10 hrs: $2500
Price per person