Mediation and Family Law Services

Family Mediation Services

At Oakhill, we put families first. As professionals, we put all of our energy into helping families find solutions that work for all parties. We believe that conflict can be healthy and that the mediation process can be a healing process. Traditional legal processes have tended to be adversarial however today there are multiple options available to families to discuss the issues at hand and make collaborative decisions.

In the mediation process, a trained and objective lawyer-mediators assist you resolve conflict by facilitating communication, clarifying issues, and exploring solutions.  Solutions are often developed faster than traditional methods of dealing with difficult issues and far less expensive than litigation or other approaches to dispute resolution.  The end product is a comprehensive written separation agreement that can be filed with the court if necessary. And we have 30 trained helping professionals with a minimum of a Master’s Degree in counselling, psychology or social work who have extensive experience working with families and the challenges they face in a separation process. Our goal at Oakhill is to provide a platform where all the parties can begin to heal and move forward in a positive and rejuvenated way.

Advantages of mediation at Oakhill include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Improved overall functioning of relationships
  • Increased probability of compliance with solutions
  • Learning new skills to resolve future conflict
  • Saves time and money
  • Improved communication between the parties

And our Lawyer-Mediators can write the separation agreement that will also save you time and money!

Other types of conflict that may benefit from this approach are:

  • Workplace Issues
  • Parent/Teen Issues
  • Business/Consumer disputes
  • Harassment Complaints
  • Landlord/Tenant Dispute

In View of the Child Reports

Sometimes when parties can’t agree on custody, parenting time or contact time, they can request that an In View of the Child Report be completed. This report is typically completed by a mental health professional or lawyer and reports on the desires of the children and what they would like to see in the final agreement.

These reports can be court ordered or they can be agreed to by the parties themselves. The advantage of this type of report is that it helps to incorporate the wishes of the child/ren without any undue influence by either party. It also gives the child/ren an opportunity to be heard without the fear of hurting their parents feelings. Children are often torn between parents and don’t want to take sides because they love both parents equally. This report gives them a way to be heard without being in the middle between the parents.

There are many ways we as helpers seek to help families unite in a way that is best for all the parties concerned. And we can help you too. Don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.