Family Law Mediation is a process to assist you and your partner or spouse to reach agreement on the issues that need to be resolved now that your relationship is
at an end.
Issues to be resolved include parenting time, guardianship and custody, division of family property, division of family debt, child support, and spousal support. From these major topics, other issues may arise that require agreement between separated or separating spouses, including who will remain in the family home, will the home be sold, how will the family bills be paid in the meantime, what about travelling out of B.C. with the children, kid's passport issues, and a myriad of other items that need to be discussed.
A Family Law Mediator will meet with you and your spouse, either on your own or with legal counsel present, to facilitate discussions and assist you to reach consensus on the outstanding issues.
A Family Law Mediator is an independent, neutral facilitator, but NOT a marriage counsellor, a therapist, or a lawyer for you or your spouse. Most importantly, a family law mediator is NOT a judge or arbitrator, however, in some cases, couples can agree that any unresolved matters can be decided by the mediator acting as an arbitrator in a process called med/arb.
Georgialee Lang has over 25 years of experience as a Family Law Mediator and is recognized by the Law Society of British Columbia as a qualified mediator.
She recently presented a paper and spoke at the Pacific and Business and Law Institute's Family Law program on "Special Topics in Mediation: Shuttle Mediation, Impasse in Mediation and Med/Arb" 2014