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Divorce Mediation Services by Accredited Family Mediators in Waterloo, ON

Waterloo, Divorce Mediation & Separation Agreements

If you are separating or divorcing in Waterloo, you may want to consider our divorce mediation services. Divorce mediation is an alternative to the adversarial court process.

We have been assisting couples with their separation and divorce since 2008.  Some of the  benefits of using our divorce mediation and Separation Agreement services are:

  • Save Time
  • Save Money
  • Reduce Stress

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce can be difficult and challenging. Divorce mediation is a less hostile alternative to traditional divorce proceedings, designed to make the entire process less complicated.

During Divorce Mediation, we create an environment that allows for both parties to reach an agreement in the presence of a neutral, Accredited Family Mediator, certified by The Ontario Association for Family Mediation. The process is collaborative, and helps both people find a common ground on different aspects of their separation, from financial matters to the parenting of your children.

Divorce mediation concludes with a legally binding Agreement, which offers a clear path forward for both you and your spouse.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

  • Cost-Effective: Avoid the high expenses of court proceedings. Our mediation process involves a single mediator, significantly reducing costs, compared to hiring individual attorneys.
  • Privacy Assured: Mediation keeps your personal matters confidential, unlike public court hearings
  • Time-Saving: Mediation accelerates the agreement process. Unlike the lengthy court battles, our direct negotiation approach lets you decide the timeline.
  • Relationship Preservation: Our mediation fosters civil resolutions, helping maintain positive relationships post-divorce.
  • Personal Control: You have the power to decide on the terms of your separation, offering more personal satisfaction than court-imposed decisions.
  • Flexible Solutions: Personalize your Agreement to fit your unique family needs, a flexibility not possible in court.

As Accredited Family Mediators in Waterloo, We Can Guide You Through

For divorce, we can guide you through:

Child Support Calculations

All parents are legally obligated to support their children financially, regardless of their marital status or living arrangements. Child support covers essential living costs such as food, clothing, personal care, and primary and secondary educational expenses.

Our mediators will calculate the monthly child support, including any special or extraordinary costs, ensuring an equitable contribution towards your child’s needs.

Parenting Plans

A Parenting Plan is a roadmap for co-parenting after separation/divorce, designed to suit your family’s unique needs. It covers residential schedules, holiday arrangements, education, extracurricular activities, healthcare, travel, and parent communication. Creating a Parenting Plan can minimize future conflicts, foster stability, and provide clear guidelines. It also details the protocols for any future adjustments, for smooth parenting transitions.

Spousal Support Calculations

Spousal Support involves financial payments from one spouse to another after separation or divorce. Eligibility and amounts depend on various factors, unique to each marital or common-law situation.

Since calculating spousal support is complex, we do our best to simplify this process, offering guidance and information to help you reach a mutual agreement.

Property and Financial Settlements

Property division in separation often involves the higher-asset spouse making an “equalization payment” to balance out assets with the lower-asset spouse. These assets can take the form of homes, vehicles, bank accounts, investments, pensions, and businesses, along with debts like mortgages and loans.

Our mediators specialize in guiding you through this process, avoiding costly financial errors, leading to an equitable property equalization.

Legal Requirements for Divorce in Waterloo, Ontario

Divorce legally ends a marriage and allows for the parties to remarry. Grounds for divorce are limited to ‘marital breakdown’, demonstrated by living separately for a year, adultery, or cruelty. Most divorces are filed after a year’s separation.

A Separation Agreement alone doesn’t grant a divorce. To obtain a divorce, an application must be filed with a court in Canada. We assist couples in drafting and filing a Joint Divorce Application, streamlining the process towards official divorce proceedings.

Simplify Your Divorce With Our Expertly Drafted Separation Agreements

Book a FREE 30-minute, joint, online consultation to learn more about the mediation process and how we can support you through your separation and/or divorce.

How Does Divorce Mediation In Waterloo Work?

Watch this video to understand how we can help you with your separation or divorce mediation in Waterloo, Ontario. Our clients tell us they experience fewer legal issues, they do not have to deal with aggressive divorce lawyers and they appreciate the simplified legal information provided regarding support, parenting and division of property.

  • Individual Meetings with Mediator: Your journey begins with a one-on-one session with our mediator. This private meeting will help the mediator understand your individual perspective, screen for the appropriateness of mediation, and address your concerns.

  • Joint Mediation Sessions: Next, you and your ex-partner meet together with the mediator to discuss and negotiate the terms of your separation.

  • Creating a Comprehensive Plan: Together, you’ll work towards establishing new family goals and financial plans. This stage is all about finding common ground and developing solutions that work for everyone involved.

  • Drafting the Separation Agreement: Once you reach a solution, we draft a detailed Separation Agreement. This document formalizes the terms of your agreement in a legally binding document.

  • Guidance Through Final Steps: We don’t just stop at drafting the Agreement. Our team is here to guide you through the final steps of the process, promising a smooth transition into this new phase of your lives.

Client Testimonials

Professional Testimonials

Kelley Oswin - Counsellor - kelleyoswin.com

Darryl Glover - Family Lawyer - gloverlaw.ca

Additional Resources on Separation and Divorce in WAterloo

Some cool facts about WAterloo that you probably did not know:

Waterloo is situated about 94 km west-southwest of Toronto. Due to the proximity of the city of Kitchener to Waterloo, the two together are often referred to as “Kitchener–Waterloo”, “K-W”, or “The Twin Cities”.
Mennonites from Pennsylvania were the first wave of immigrants to the area. One of the settlers, Abraham Erb, is often called the founder of the Village of Waterloo. In 1816, the town was officially incorporated and named after Waterloo, Belgium, the site of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Waterloo became a popular destination for German immigrants. By the 1840s, German settlers had overtaken the Mennonites as the dominant segment of the population.

For full details about Waterloo and it’s history, visit the
Waterloo Wikipedia page. 

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