Family Mediation Lawyers in Vancouver
Many people feel going to court is their best option to resolve a personal dispute. When that dispute impacts your family, however, choosing a process that involves you as a full participant is often preferred. Mediation is a consensus-driven process that allows parties to create long-lasting, effective solutions.
For many people, mediation is a cost-effective, satisfying process that achieves positive results. The lawyers at Thomas and Associates are experienced in representing clients in mediation, and other methods of achieving settlements outside of court. Our family lawyers work with clients through mediation to reach solutions for the parties and their children, in a timely fashion without the stress of being in a courtroom.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a way to resolve a dispute that involves the assistance of a specially trained neutral third party. The independent party assists the parties through an interest-based process, manages effective communication and helps the parties reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
In the event mediation is successful, parties enter into a legal contract outlining the terms of their settlement. If mediation does not result in an agreement, either party is free to pursue other action, including litigation or another form of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation can either be lawyer-assisted or attended only by the parties to the dispute.
Mediation can be combined with arbitration in a hybrid process that involves the parties first attempting to resolve all of their issues by agreement in a mediation and then having the mediator conduct an arbitration hearing and render a final and binding decision for whatever issues remain unresolved, if any.
Benefits of Mediation
Compared to litigation, mediation has many tangible benefits, in particular for family law disputes. Participants take an active role in reaching agreement. Mediation allows for flexibility, in terms of potential solutions and in the discussion of issues that lead to those solutions.
An effective mediator can also counteract power imbalances between participants. In mediation, steps should be taken to ensure all voices are heard and taken into account. At Thomas and Associates, we are committed to the pursuit of alternative forms of dispute resolution, both as facilitators and legal counsel. When participants in mediation are unable to reach agreement, we may recommend arbitration or settlement discussions to conclude the dispute.
Why Choose Thomas & Associates?
Our skilled family mediation lawyers at Thomas and Associates know that this is your life and you are the one that has to live with the decisions you make. While the major decisions are yours to make, we will give you our professional opinions along with the reasons behind them. We want to help you make the best decisions for you and your family while delivering an efficient, cost-effective resolution to your legal issues.
We have the knowledge and experience that you can rely on to achieve your goals. We are focused on family law including family mediation, divorce, custody, parenting, access, division of property, common law separations, child support, and spousal support. You can rely on our lawyers to provide you with accurate legal advice, so you can drive your matter to the best possible conclusion.
We have extensive experience with mediation and the arbitration process, and guide our clients through the available options before making any commitments.