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Does Family Mediation Work?

Video: Does Family Mediation Work?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

[host: There is something else you called mediation. That is another option, is it not?] That’s right, and that’s a growing area too. It’s been around for many many years but why it’s growing is because a lot of the mediators who used to do it before are offering to do even something more than just mediating. They’re offering to actually to be the hired judge. So, for many years, when people would split up it would not be uncommon for them to hire a mediator, some one who was either a pyschologist, a social worker, a lawyer, who has historically worked with separating couples and assists them, with the proper training of course, assists them in trying to bridge the gap, make concessions, make compromises and find some solutions to their problems. Some times people because their caught up in the anger and the emotions of the divorce they actually don’t see some of the options that are sitting directly in front of them. And that’s where the mediator adds value and helps people do that. Some mediators do it by shuttle diplomacy where they’ll go and meet with one person privatley and then they’ll … (click here for more)

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.