Family Law & Estate Mediation Services
Whether you are going through a separation from a spouse and want to resolve issues with respect to custody, access and divorce, or if you have lost a loved one and are in need of estate services, Family Mediation Works is here to help your family.
All our mediators have extensive years of experience in the court system, including representing people from Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville, Milton, and Toronto. We can also assist in sorting out issues that relate to Wills, Powers of Attorney, and other property issues.
Our office, which has two boardrooms for mediation purposes, as well as other offices, is located in Mississauga. However for other mediations in other locations, it is possible to have the mediation process occur at other general offices which may be rented for that purpose.
The mediation process with respect to family law may involve questions of child custody, child support, spousal support, division of property, equalization, implementation of domestic contracts, and divorce.
We are also able to mediate concerns that may involve estates, wills, powers of attorney, guardians or property, and other legal questions that involve the division of property in estate matters.
Mediation involves a collaborative approach, where the parties can decide whether to use lawyers, each having their own, one party having a lawyer, or the parties may decide to resolve all conflicts without the use of any individual lawyers. Instead, the mediator, who is also a skilled and experienced lawyer, may be able to mediate the conflict to an acceptable resolution. The final result may be an executed agreement with independent legal advice being sought by the parties, or if they choose not to proceed with independent legal advice, they decide that the agreement is understandable and to their satisfaction, without the need for engaging a lawyer. These are all the types of choices that can be made in the mediation process.
Our Mediation Process
Family Mediation Works is a system designed to achieve a balanced, fair result, according to legal principles. Our mediators have extensive years of experience in the court system. We employ collaborative law techniques, negotiation skills, and a sense of understanding of the position of family members. We focus on power imbalances that may have occurred in other family situations, or even violence. These are taken into consideration in ensuring that the recommendation as to resolution is a reflection of fairness according to legal principles and the wishes of the parties.
Family Mediation Works will assist each side in choosing and selecting the mediator that would be best for your situation. This will only occur after there has been a meeting with each party and a commitment to use Family Mediation Works.
Mediation may not work in all cases. If mediation does not work for you, we offer family law and estate litigation services through DeRusha Law Firm. DeRusha Law Firm has seven family law lawyers that can assist in divorce, custody, access, support, and division of property, and five lawyers that can assist in estate litigation.
We currently have two senior mediators, Haig DeRusha and Golan Yaron, who mediate in the ares of family law, estate and powers of attorney conflict, as well as civil and contractual law. Tracey-Ann Dobson-Hamilton is also a mediator in family law areas. In terms of skills and experiences of the mediators at Family Mediation Works, these may include the following:
- is a licensed lawyer working in the family law and estate litigation field with at least five years of experience, often 20 or more years, and in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada
- have a Master’s Degree from a recognized Canadian university, thus the mediator would hold a Master’s of Law, perhaps in an area such as Family Law or aspects of Dispute Resolution
- may be a person appointed by the Superior Court of the Province of Ontario as a Dispute Resolution Officer to sit at conferences in the judicial system
- may have significant experience instructing at the Law Society Bar Admission Program for the Province of Ontario in areas that may include negotiation or professional responsibility
- may have conducted numerous family law trials or court proceedings
- may have attended various programs about dispute resolution or mediation processes
- may have attended numerous mediation or arbitration processes outside of the court system
Each party will engage in discussions about the mediator and mediation process at the initial mediation consolation. Thereafter we could go right into the mediation consultation process.
Moving to the First Step
Your first step is to contact our office and go through an initial questionnaire with one of our law clerks. You may call our office during regular business hours at 905-625-5236 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may complete our Contact Form which will be reviewed by one of our senior lawyers and someone will get back to you.