Mediation 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, our trained and objective mediators will assist you and the other party to 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 an agreement that can be reviewed by independent legal counsel and eventually filed with the court if necessary.

We also have over 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-Mediator 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

If you are interested in learning more about how Oakhill can help you find solutions, click here and complete the form or call us at 604-850-3774.

Section 211 Reports and 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-depth report be completed.

A section 211 report is a comprehensive report that interviews children, parents and other related parties (for example social workers, teachers, and/or extended family) to identify issues and make recommendations for parenting arrangements. These reports are typically ordered by a judge however they can be done at the request of the parties as well.

An In View of the Child Report is a much smaller version of the Section 211 report. It is typically completed by a mental health professional or lawyer who have experience interviewing children and simply records the thoughts and desires of the children and what they would like to see in the final agreement. They do not provide opinions or suggestions. 

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 us at 604-850-3774 or complete the form if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.