A meeting where a specially trained, skilled and experienced impartial person helps people resolve issues. The mediator facilitates productive conversation and provides legal information to enable people to create their own fair and balanced new solutions.
Mediation is also important for… teen/parent, elder/child, couples, business partnerships, staff teams and boards. If their conflict is left unresolved the result is strained relationships, lower job satisfaction, reduced productivity/profit, etc.
On every level, mediation just makes sense.
We start with separate meetings with the parties to see if the conflict is appropriate for mediation. If the mediation moves forward, you will be told everything you need to know about the process so you know what to expect. Then there are a series of joint sessions (usually 2-3 hours long) to work through the issues. It may be possible to settle the matter in one session, but it may take several depending on a number of factors and the depth of the conflict. All of this could take place in a few weeks.
It can be. When a resolution is reached, an agreement is written that the parties use to remember what they have agreed to. It is recommended that the parties then consult with their lawyers, and if they wish have their lawyers register their agreement in court.
Separation/Divorce Mediation -There is no charge for initial phone calls with each party about the mediation process and specifics of their situation. and general information about the process and benefits of mediation.
New Solution Mediation asks for a retainer fee of $4,000 per family (typically $2,000 per partner), payable by eTransfer or cheque, to initiate the mediation process. Unused portions will be refunded.
Separate, one-on-one pre-mediation sessions with each party are $275/hour plus GST. The joint sessions are $275/hour plus GST. All other communication and work pertaining to your specific case outside of the mediation sessions is $275/hour plus GST. Out-of-pocket expenses, materials and travel are additional. These fees are usually shared between the parties and will be deducted from the retainer fee.
There is no charge for cancellation up to 48 hours before the session, but one hour will be charged for cancellation less than 48 business hours in advance. However, this charge will be waived in the case of an unavoidable medical situation, or if we can fill your session time with another client.
Other types of Mediation and training – Please CONTACT NSM for a quote on other kinds of mediation (such as family business, non-profits, etc.), training, coaching and facilitation.
Answer each of these questions with the difficult situation you have in mind:
If you are leaning toward “yes” in your answers to a number of these questions, mediation is probably the solution for your conflict.