Mediation Specialists using a Methodology that Works
Using family mediation services for separation or divorce means that you are choosing a process that allows you to negotiate an outcome for both finances and parenting in an environment that is non-litigious. It does not mean you are giving up your ability to receive legal advice nor are you sacrificing your rights.
While divorce mediation is quickly becoming the preferred alternative, many think it is meant for couples that are friendly or amicable and have less complicated assets and issues. This is not the case. There are many innovative and effective ways to mediate that can result in both parties achieving a fair outcome.
Mediation does not necessarily mean putting two people in a room with a third party and working to find a middle ground. Sometimes that middle ground is not fair. There are much more directive and facilitative approaches that are better suited for couples going through a divorce, especially when there is an imbalance of power. Compromise and collaboration are the cornerstones of every negotiation, but not at the expense of fairness.
For those couples who feel that there is a power in-balance with regards to either the children or the finances, the idea of divorce mediation may feel unworkable or even inappropriate. You may feel you must turn to the more traditional route of hiring a lawyer to protect your rights and position. While in theory, this might seem to make sense, it is not the case. The good news is that there are ways you can have the best of both worlds and still achieve an outcome that is better than that of going to court or hiring lawyers to fight for you.
At Fairway Divorce Solutions®, we use a proven proprietary, step-by-step conflict resolution model called Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR). It is designed to take you and your spouse through a process that brings an optimal resolution in all areas of divorce in a less expensive and time-consuming way, even if your assets are complicated.
We know that every situation is different, and you may consider your case unique; however, our model is designed to work with all scenarios where there are either assets or children that need protection. So, whether it is straightforward, complex or higher conflict, our process accommodates your specific needs and situation.
We have the experience and results to demonstrate our commitment to you and your family. We have changed the way divorce happens in Canada so that families can save both the emotional and financial costs associated with the outdated divorce system. Your children do not need to be victims. The Division of Assets, Spousal Support, and Child Support can all be determined in a financially pragmatic and common-sense way so that you can move on with your integrity, parenting relationships, and money in tack.
A Top-Notch Team Driving Results for Over 15 Years in Canada
Fairway Divorce Solutions focuses on driving results and resolution with our Proprietary Models. The team at Fairway includes, but is not limited too; Mediators, Negotiators, Financial Experts, CDFAs (Canadian Financial Divorce Experts), Family Lawyers, Business valuators, Tax specialists, Parenting Coordinators, Accountants and Specialists. Our team keeps you on target and on time so your emotions do not interfere with sound decision making.
Comprehensive Division of Property and Assets “Fairway Financial Pie Division™” – that is based on the law and what makes sense considering your assets, business, career, tax implications, etc. This division focuses not just on splitting property but also on preserving and protecting assets including business’s and careers. This key differentiator with Fairway focuses on ensuring that Property Division is well thought out, taking into consideration all the variables that would apply, including tax, careers, pre-marriage assets, exemptions, providing security and income where needed. It is important to understand what your assets and liabilities are before you start deciding on how to split them. Fairway’s strategic model ensures you do just that.
Co-parenting Plan “Fairway Nurtured Children’s Plan™” – raising healthy well-balanced children is hard enough in a two-parent home, achieving this as a single parent is even harder. This plan provides the framework for parents so that you can have structure where it needs to be, and flexibility where warranted. It is comprehensive and addresses all the areas you will be faced with as a co-parent including Child Custody.
The co-parenting agreement will address questions and issues as they come up and provide structure and certainty where you need it. Areas that the plan will cover include decisions with regards to small matters like clothes and birthday presents as well as more sensitive areas like holiday sharing, public or private schools, nannies, sports, lessons, and health. This agreement also sets a communication methodology for parents and children around events like travel, etc. It is designed to set the two of you up for co-parenting success, so that your children and you can thrive.
Spousal Support Agreement with Timing and Amounts – this is usually the most adversarial part of negotiating in Divorce and is the culprit for much debate and money spent in the courts. While it can be both emotionally charging and conflicted, like all other things in divorce, there is a pragmatic way to work through to resolution. While the laws in Canada are not black and white as seen in the Federal Child and Spousal Support Guidelines, they do set the goal posts for where your likely outcomes will be. There is a way for the payor to feel like they have a say and are empowered in the decision making while at the same time ensuring that the payee is treated fairly by way of the law and otherwise.
Child Support Agreement – For those with kids, it is all about protecting the wellbeing of the children. In Canada, the Federal Child and Spousal Support Guidelines set out how child support is calculated and therefore what to pay. The issue is not usually the amount to pay as much as determining what the income is for purposes of calculating child support.
The other variable that determines support is where the children live and for what amount of time (residential care). A good agreement sets out the details with regards to how this is handled each year until the children are no longer dependents of the marriage.
Child Support covers the basic living needs of the children. The guidelines set out provisions for covering expenses above and beyond basic needs. These are referred to as Extraordinary Expenses (Section 7’s) that are incurred by the children and are shared by the parents. These extraordinary expenses typically include; private school, orthodontic, after school care, nanny, sports, lessons, tutoring etc.
A good co-parenting agreement will list what the extraordinary expense are and how they will be shared between the parents.
It also costs time - hours spent in meetings, completing paperwork & filing affidavits. It costs heartache as battle lines are drawn and loved ones, especially children, suffer emotional pain.
Fairway is committed to changing the way divorce happens and avoiding the destruction to assets and relationships that occur in the traditional system. Here are just a few costly pitfalls you can avoid by choosing Fairway's divorce mediation process:
When a person faces a relationship break up, it’s easy to think that calling a lawyer will solve your problems. It might but it will cost you … big time … in many ways other than just financially! Remember, most lawyers make their money creating conflict not resolving it! Why go there if you don’t have to? Wouldn’t it be so much more productive, efficient, cost-effective, timely and kind to everyone involved (including yourself) if you were to capitalize on Fairway Divorce Solution processes so you can move you, your soon to be “ex” and your children, if you have them, to an ending and new beginning you can all live with, versus a potential ending where you all end up hating each other?Dr. June A. Donaldson
MBA, EdD, Mediator, Arbitrator, Best-Selling Emotional Intelligence Author
While traditional mediation and collaborative law have brought us this far, Fairway is changing the way divorce happens and raising the bar in mediation and conflict resolution.
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