Separation and Divorce Mediation
Ending a relationship is rarely a simple process. Whether you are choosing mediation or have been referred by your lawyer, your mediator will ensure that you have the opportunity to develop your plan to move forward together in a fair and effective manner. Not only will you participate in a safe and balanced process, you will be supported to develop a stronger understanding with the other party so that your agreements meet everyone’s needs and are lasting.
Typical Issues for Married & Unmarried Partners
What can I expect?
You will be encouraged to get professional direction and advice throughout the mediation process. Our mediation team works collaboratively with other professionals, including emotional, financial, legal and safety professionals, so that you are supported to make well-informed, lasting decisions.
How much will it cost?
Our fee for family mediation is $200 per hour. This is typically shared equally by the parties unless there is a large income discrepancy. Pre-mediation meetings typically take about 90 minutes. The number of joint mediation sessions can range from one to two meetings for a single issue conflict or simple parenting plan to several for more complete, complex divorces.
The more prepared you are, the quicker the process. Please check out the resources in the right column on this page.
Separation & Divorce Resources
Parenting After Separation was created by Alberta Justice to teach parents about the separation and divorce process, the effects on children, techniques for communication and legal information. PAS is mandatory for divorcing parents.
The Edmonton Community Legal Centre offers free family law education sessions at Edmonton Public Library branches and community agencies.
The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta has easy-to-read Families & the Law booklets to download.
The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC has a wealth of highly researched and trusted resources for parents and professionals.
Family Violence Prevention
supports are listed at this Alberta Justice site or call the 24/7 Family Violence Info Line
to get safety planning and help anonymously in more than 170 languages.
The Department of Justice offers a number of guides and tables for separation & divorce.
Making Plans: A guide to parenting arrangements after separation or divorce
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench
Divorce forms and instructions
Alberta Justice Resolution Services
offers free mediation to parents or guardians in separation and divorce disputes affecting children if one of the parties has a gross income of less than $40,000 per year.
Sesame Street - Dealing with Divorce
Resources for parents of young children.