Separation and divorce can be a challenging and difficult experience for many. It can mean significant changes to your life. When you separate, you are dealing with both the emotions of the separation and the 'business' of separation. Mediation is a non-adversarial approach that understands both the emotion of and business of separation. Mediation can help with resolving the separation by helping you in reaching a mutual agreement for both parties. Mediation is an alternative to the court process which is often adversarial and can exacerbate conflict.
At the time of separation, parents are most concerned with the well-being of their child. A critical consideration is whom and how decisions will be made for them and how the children will spend time with both parents. There are also many other aspects of the child's day to day life that parents need to think about as they separate, which mediation addresses.
The mediation process includes individual and joint sessions to facilitate both parents coming to an agreement. Engaging in mediation may help you avoid the cost of litigation which is often attached to separation and divorce.
Shazeeda Haroon has successfully completed the Family Mediation Certificate program at York University. Though the practice of mediation is a new endeavour for Shazeeda, she has over 20 years of experience working with families and children and 7 years working in the field of separation and divorce.
We offer individual services or group workshops to teach effective and successful co-parenting tools and strategies. This program helps parents to navigate the pitfalls which often arise and to learn to work effectively, together. It is appropriate for low or high conflict separations. You can attend jointly with your co-parent, if appropriate. Co-parenting is often recommended during litigation to support the best outcomes for your child.