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Family mediation

Family mediation is a means for resolving conflicts in which the impartial mediator intervenes with spouses to help them evaluate whether they should put an end to their relationship or negotiate a viable and fair agreement that meets the needs of every member of the family with the free, informed consent of both parties.

Contrary to what often happens during a court process, mediation promotes collaboration instead of confrontation and brings many benefits. Thus, the possibility for parties to have control over the decisions that will affect their family life, financial savings in respect to court procedures, avoiding public divulging of family problems as well as reducing stress for the children by mitigating conflict. Research shows that compliance toward mediated agreements is higher than judgments imposed by the court and that legal proceedings are less frequent after divorce.

The mediation process involves three key stages: The collection of information, an evaluation phase, and negotiations plus the drafting of the Summary of Mediated Agreements by the mediator. During the evaluation and negotiation stages, the mediator will ensure that both parents communicate their needs and expectations freely and fully to each other and consider the children's needs in order to provide a basis for negotiation that is both equitable and informed.

Parents can chose a mediator from one of the six Ordres; lawyers, notaries, guidance counsellors, psychologists, social workers, psychoeducators.

Interviews, videos on family mediation

Capsule d'information #3 - Est-ce que j'ai droit à la médiation? - par l'Association de médiation familiale du Québec - 12 juin 2017 (please take note that this video is in french)

Capsule d'information #2 - Est-ce qu'on doit être en chicane pour aller en médiation? - par l'Association de médiation familiale du Québec - 15 mai 2017 (please take note that this video is in french)

Capsule d'information #1 - Mon ami m'a dit que la médiation c'est gratuit. Est-ce que c'est vrai? - par l'Association de médiation familiale du Québec - 4 mai 2017 (please take note that this video is in french)

Capsule conseil #1 - L'enfant au coeur de la médiation - par l'Association de médiation familiale du Québec - 24 avril 2017 (please take note that this video is in french)

Toujours parents : Vidéo préparée par le COAMF et dont l'AMFQ est partenaire - 3 février 2016 (please take note that this video is in french)

La médiation, pour mieux voir les solutions : Vidéo préparée par le COAMF et dont l'AMFQ est partenaire - 3 février 2016 (please take note that this video is in french)

Entrevue radiophonique intitulée « Maîtres en solutions » sur la 6e journée québécoise de la médiation familiale en collaboration avec le Barreau du Québec à CIBL Montréal 101,5 FM animée par Stéphanie Gagnon - 3 février 2016 (please take note that this interview is in french)

View an interview on Family mediation at  TVA - Salut Bonjour - 7 février 2013 (please take note that this video is in french).

La médiation : Pour mieux communiquer après la rupture - Conférence dans le cadre de la 5e journée nationale de la médiation familiale - 4 février 2015 (please take note that this video is in french)