Keyte and Associates Arbitration and Mediation

DIVORCE AND SEPARATION



Feeling overwhelmed by it all? Don't know where to begin?

Our courses and mediation services can help you to understand the consequences of the breakdown of your marriage so you can settle your separation and divorce and once again have a peaceful, interesting life.

Our strength is to show you various options for settling your marriage breakdown and we can offer some guidelines for the next stage of your life, for getting over this speed-bump more smoothly. We work with you to figure out your options and create a sound solution that is quick, less stressful than Court, cost effective and produces a final settlement.

If you have children you will need to establish a productive and civil relationship with your soon to be EX. Mediation is an alternative for both men and women to vent feelings, fears and concerns in a safe, private and confidential environment while moving forward to complete their divorce.

Separation Mediation is:
  • Confidential and private
  • On your time schedule, not the court's
  • Tailored to your family's needs
  • Used to produce a Separation Agreement for couples just starting out on a divorce
  • Much less expensive than litigation
  • Much quicker than litigation
Most of what follows for Divorce mediation also will apply for Separation. Please read on...

Divorce Mediation is:
  • Used to produce a Divorce Settlement in the areas of Matrimonial Property, Parenting Plans and Custody, Spousal and Child Support
  • Confidential and private
  • On your time schedule, not the court's
  • Tailored to your family's needs
  • Much less expensive than litigation
  • Much quicker than litigation
Divorce litigation over property, parental rights, and pride destroys families. The cost of court is high both financially and emotionally.

Divorce mediation offers a sane, sensible, and affordable alternative.

Divorce mediation helps you craft a settlement that works for you and for your family. Our associates work with you to explore options, get the information you need to make good decisions and to reach your own agreements, keeping you in ultimate control over your future.

Is divorce mediation for you? Get started with a call to speak with us personally or to schedule a free mediation orientation 403-437-0380


FAQs

What's the quickest way to get started?
Simply give our office a call at 403-437-0380 to set up a mediation orientation or to book one of our courses


What do I bring?
You don't need to bring anything with you to your orientation session . Most people stay between 20 and 40 minutes, depending on how many questions they have.


Am I really a candidate for mediation?
Yes, if you're ready to reach an agreement and you want to reach an agreement. We have a 100% success rate with those who are ready and who want to reach an agreement, no matter how much conflict they may have. (See our page on Binding Mediation for more information)


How can you help me speak to my spouse about mediation?
There are several options for contacting the other party and suggesting mediation. Call our office to see how we can help at 403-437-0380.


Ready to schedule a mediation session?
Just call us for an appointment at 403-437-0380. You don't have to bring anything with you to the first session, but it's helpful if you have a simple list of your assets and debts.


How do I prepare for divorce mediation or separation mediation?
Mediation is most efficient when you come to your mediation session prepared with some basic information. The better informed you are about your income, assets, liabilities, children's schedules, and your goals for the outcome of your situation, the more progress we can make in your mediation session.


How do divorce mediation and separation mediation costs compared to litigation costs?
Do you really want to spend your children's college education account, your vacation money, and the full value of your home on your divorce? Consider divorce mediation or separation mediation as a lower-cost, lower-stress alternative.


How do you stay neutral as mediators if only one person calls?
It doesn't matter who calls first, we don't take sides. As mediators we discuss your situation in a neutral way with both sides. Typically we have at least one telephone conversation with each party prior to your first mediation session because it's important that everyone involved has confidence in the mediation process.


Do I need a lawyer during divorce or separation mediation?
We encourage people to use lawyers' and other professionals' time wisely and cost-effectively to suit their needs and level of comfort. That may mean you speak to a lawyer for an hour, or it may mean that you hire a lawyer to represent you during the mediation sessions. It depends on what you feel you need the lawyer to do. You will eventually need a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice from a lawyer to ensure your rights are protected for both divorce and separation agreements if matrimonial property is involved.


If I have a lawyer, can I still mediate my divorce or separation issues?
Yes. Some mediation clients bring attorneys with them to each mediation session and some clients simply consult with their attorney in between mediation sessions. Just let us know whether your attorney will be coming with you to your mediation session(s) so that we can plan ahead. If you need a referral to an attorney who can advise you individually while supporting the mediation process there are many collaborative lawyers available who support mediated separation and divorce.


Do I need a lawyer to represent me from start to finish in my divorce or separation mediation?
If you've been kept in the dark about your finances throughout your marriage, if you've been the victim of domestic violence, or there is an extreme imbalance of power or legal/business knowledge in your relationship, you should probably see a lawyer before beginning mediation proceedings.


Can my mediator tell me my legal rights?
Only a lawyer can give you legal advice. As mediators we can give general legal information but not individualized legal advice. Our office offers general information courses that past clients have helped us design that are full of information helpful to those starting out.


When should I speak to a lawyer? Before, during or after mediation?
When you speak to a lawyer is mostly a matter of personal preference. Some people consult with a lawyer just once or twice, and others hire a lawyer to represent them before and during the mediation. If you engage our office for mediation then a detailed Mediator's Report forms the basis of your Settlement Agreement. Your lawyer will draft the Settlement Agreement for you based on the Mediator's Report.


What is a mediation-friendly attorney?
A mediation-friendly attorney is a family lawyer who will advise you about your rights in separation and divorce and the best scenario in your specific case. They will advise you as to your individual rights like any litigation lawyer might but their approach is less adversarial. More often than not they are members of Collaborative Law Associations.


What other family matters lend themselves to mediation?
  • Prenuptial/Premarital agreements
  • Financial or budget disagreements
  • Parenting plans (child custody and visitation)
  • Family businesses
  • Estates