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Mediation & Arbitration Lawyer in Mississauga

Family legal issues are never easy, but mediation can serve as an alternative dispute resolution for anyone interested in a simpler, more streamlined legal process. Mediation allows families to resolve legal issues outside of court with the help of an unbiased third party, a mediator.

Our team at Rose Family Law understands how difficult these situations can be, which is why we provide efficient, compassionate mediation and arbitration services throughout the Mississauga, Ontario area. Whether you are dealing with a divorce, spousal support issue, child custody dispute, or other family law matter, our firm can discuss your current situation and help figure out whether mediation is a viable option.

Call (905) 367-0134 today to discuss your needs with our Mississauga mediation and arbitration lawyers at Rose Family Law.

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Is Mediation Right for Me?

Not every legal dispute can be resolved through mediation, but if both parties are willing to work together to find a solution that works best for everyone involved, mediation can be a wonderful tool. Mediation might not work for contentious family law matters, because for mediation to work, both parties must feel safe meeting together to work toward a resolution. While a court case requires little to no direct communication between the two parties, mediation will require both parties to discuss their needs, listen to the other party’s opinions, and compromise until the matter is resolved.

Mediation can help with the following legal matters:

  • Parenting time
  • Spousal support
  • Divorce
  • Property division
  • Child support

If you need help with any of the above-listed legal matters, our firm is here to help. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide our clients with compassionate, strategic legal help when they need it most. In mediation cases, we can help with delicate legal issues to help you and your family reach a workable solution that works best for everyone involved.

How Does Mediation Work?

In lieu of attending court, those who choose to use mediation to handle their legal matters may do so through a mediation meeting. Depending on the complexity of the issues and the amount of time needed to negotiate, mediation may include one meeting or several.

At the mediation meeting, each party may retain their own lawyer, but it is not a requirement. A third party mediator will be present to oversee the meeting, though they will not make any decisions, take sides, or give legal advice. Oftentimes, the mediator is a lawyer, though a mediator can be any number of qualified professionals, like a social worker.

Each party will have a turn addressing the issue and negotiating their terms until an agreement is decided upon to the satisfaction of all involved. Then, an official written document will be drawn up and signed.

The benefits of mediation include:

  • Privacy: Through mediation, discussions and agreements can be made confidential, whereas most court matters are a matter of public record.
  • More control: When you go to court, the decisions about your case will ultimately rest with the judge. Through mediation, however, you and the other party have much more control over the outcome.
  • Flexibility: Court cases are scheduled at the discretion of the court, whereas mediation negotiations can be planned based on the schedules of the parties involved, which makes it much easier to work around. Also, they are less formal, which means you have less pressure to “prepare” for a big hearing.
  • Lower cost: Court can be extremely expensive, both because of actual court fees and the added cost of lawyer fees. Through mediation, you’d avoid court and would likely need fewer billable hours with your lawyer.

Let’s Get Started

If you think mediation might be the right choice for you, our lawyers are here to help. We have ample experience helping individuals and families throughout the Mississauga, Ontario area, and we have a thorough understanding of Canada law as it applies to mediation and family law. More importantly, our team truly cares about our clients, and we approach each case with an eye towards integrity and respect.

Our Practice Areas

Divorce & Separation​

While obtaining a divorce can be straightforward, a court order is always required. Sometimes, people agree to issues like custody and support on their own and only apply to the court to obtain a divorce. Those cases, called uncontested divorces, take a relatively short amount of time and cost relatively little.

Custody & Access

Custody technically means the legal responsibility to make decisions for the child related to health, education and religion. Access is the right to be with the child at a given time. The basic issues that revolve around custody are: who will make the primary decisions relating to the child and who the child will live with.

Child Support

Common law spouses are often awarded less spousal support or are given support for a shorter duration than married spouses. The factors that affect entitlement to support and the amount of support are generally the same between married and common law spouses. Your lawyer will best be able to help you determine how much support you can claim.

Property Division

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce is contested and or complex.

Marriage Contracts

Common law spouses can obtain the same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Court Proceedings

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

Mediation & Arbitration

When a couple separates, the assets accumulated during the marriage must be classified as family assets, business assets or individual assets. Family assets must be divided equally between the two partners unless it would be unfair to do so. Often, people require legal representation to identify and divide the family assets, especially if the divorce or separation is contested and or complex.

Separation Agreements

Common law spouses can obtain the exact same rights as married spouses by preparing and executing a cohabitation / marriage agreement. A cohabitation or marriage agreement is a written document where the parties to the agreement can provide for division of property, support or any other matter upon death or the termination of the relationship.

Spousal Support

Litigation is a traditional method of resolving Family Law disputes. It provides parties with a decision by a Family Court Judge about custody of children, access/time with and support for their children, spousal support for themselves and their property. Our litigation lawyers can commence a court application for you or defend you when you have been served with court documentation.

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“Malerie is a great lawyer who truly cared about my divorce and my well being. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a divorce lawyer in Mississauga.”
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