Area of Law: Family Law
Answer # 0162
When is family mediation chosen?Region: Ontario Answer # 0162
Parties can start family mediation at anytime. Many people participate in mediation at Family Court and settle their matter at their very first appearance.
Others chose to participate in mediation when:
- they reach a point where they feel they are ready to negotiate,
- if a judge has recommended mediation at a case or settlement conference, or
- if money or patience is running low at some point before their trial.
Research shows that the longer parties litigate, the harder it becomes to settle because their investment in the litigation itself becomes a barrier to resolution. Separating couples who are not in court may go directly to a mediator to negotiate their settlement, or they may retain a lawyer first, and then try mediation.
For more information on mediation, refer to our Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section.
Getting the advice and legal help you need
If you are about to separate or have recently separated, a lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and ensure that your interests are protected. It is advisable to get the legal help that’s right for you.
If you are considering representing yourself in a family law matter, you may wish to get help from The Family Law Coach. Their experienced family law lawyers can provide information, legal assistance, advice and practical tips to help you prepare your case and improve your outcome. They provide specific services for fixed prices, and you only pay for the services you want.
If you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you, for legal advice and assistance with your family law matter, contact a family law lawyer.
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