Mediation is a family dispute resolution process where a neutral third person called a mediator helps the parents work together to resolve a dispute. The mediator does not make the decisions for the parents but can help the parents find a resolution that is mutually acceptable.
Family Mediation is an alternative to court and litigation and can accomplish goals related to parenting time and decision-making as well as finances.
The mediator will meet individually with each parent to understand their wants, needs, and views. The mediator will then outline and define the issues that have been raised, and make sure everyone is working together on the common goals. The mediator will help all family members understand the issues and will work with the family to find some possible solutions. The result is a verbal or written agreement that may or may not be legally binding. Parents are encouraged to have the agreement reviewed by a lawyer.
What is the cost?
NavOn uses a retainer model for separation and divorce services. This means that a payment is made in advance and as the work is done, the money in the retainer is used. If there is money left in the retainer at the end of service, this is returned.
It is difficult to know how much a service will cost because every family situation is different. Our fees are $225 per hour and the costs are often shared between the parents. For Family Mediation, a non-refundable administration fee of $200 is required to begin coordinating the services for the family. Family Mediation will typically cost about $10 000.
NavOn accepts payment by e-transfer, credit card (5% surcharge applies for values over $1500.00 per case), or cheque. A monthly accounting of the status of the retainer will be provided.
Our team will answer your questions about NavOn services, and provide information needed to make a referral.
Parents refer themselves for mediation. For families in court, a meeting with all of the involved lawyers at the same time is often needed to better understand how NavOn can be most helpful to assist the family to move forward. NavOn does not charge a fee for this initial meeting.