Mediation is a well accepted method and process for reaching effective separation agreements. Agreements will generally include such topics as child support, visitation schedules and division of assets.
It is a structured approach that begins with an initial virtual screening meeting with each spouse to determine the suitability of mediation. One of the main criteria for mediation is that both parties can communicate together virtually or in person and that both are willing to make meaningful concessions and cooperate in order to reach an agreement.
If mediation is determined to be feasible, the next step is for both parties to meet together for the main mediation meeting which generally lasts 3-6 hours, on average.
The meeting culminates in a written agreement about the amount of child-support, the child custody, a detailed schedule of visitation and the division of assets. Examples of assets which are divided include the matrimonial home, vehicles and household belongings.
Both parties are encouraged to seek consultation with a lawyer prior to or after the agreement.
All actions and decisions are guided by all applicable in Canada and the applicable provincial laws (typically Alberta).