How to Prepare for Online Family Mediation

  • A computer: This may be either a laptop or desktop computer. Either way, ensure it has a large screen so you can more properly engage with other participants in the mediation.

  • Secure and stable WiFi: Make sure your WiFi connection is private and not public. This prevents unnecessary interruption to your internet connection and the process.

  • Good microphone: The purpose of online mediation is to make it easier for you to be heard. A good microphone makes absolutely certain of this.

  • Camera: For the best experience possible, use a HD camera if you can. Good camera quality enhances the process and makes it much more rewarding.

  • Headset: This is not always necessary. But just to be certain that you won’t miss any vital parts of the process, it makes sense to be prepared with a headset.

  • A quiet room: Mediation processes are expected to be private. As such, you should ideally pick a spot that assures you and the other participants of absolute privacy

  • Step 1: All Zoom meetings start with an invitation. You will usually receive this in your mail inbox. It will provide the details of the meeting, including the purpose, time and date. You will also receive a link to join the meeting, phone numbers that can let you dial in and login details for the meeting. Your mediator will usually send this mail to all participants.

  • Step 2: Open the Zoom application on your laptop or click on the link in the mail. It will automatically open the app. If you do not have the Zoom application, you will need to download it first. To get the application, click here and follow the instructions.

  • Step 3: Once you have opened the application, the next thing you should do is join the meeting. To do this, simply click the “Join a Meeting” button. This will bring up a gateway to the meeting.

  • Step 4: Type the “Meeting ID” and password provided in the invitation mail into the required fields to access the meeting. Once done, you can begin your meeting immediately.

  • Step 1: Receive your invitation from the mediator. You can access this directly from your phone email inbox. The email will include the details you will need to login to the meeting and a link that lets you join the meeting. You may want to write down the “Meeting ID” and password provided in the mail. You will need these to login to the meeting.

  • Step 2: Click on the link provided in the mail or copy and paste it into Safari or Chrome. You will see a link to “Join Meeting”. click this if you have the Zoom application installed. If you don’t, click “Download from AppStore” to download and install the application.

  • Step 3: Once the application is installed, open it. You will see a page that prompts you to “Join a Meeting”. Click on the tab. Enter the “Meeting ID” in the username field and click “Join”. You will be prompted for a password. Provide the password in the mail sent to you earlier.

  • Step 4: You are almost ready to start your meeting now. When prompted, allow Zoom access to your camera by clicking “OK”, then choose if you would be joining the meeting with or without video. Finally, allow Zoom access to your microphone when prompted by clicking “OK”. Your meeting will begin after this.

  • Step 1: The process starts when you receive an invitation to join a Zoom meeting from your mediator. The mail will include a link you can follow easily to join the meeting and will also include the details you need to login to the meeting. Note the “Meeting ID” and password provided in the mail. You will need these to access the meeting later.

  • Step 2: Click on the link provided in the mail. This will take you to a page where you will have options to “Join Meeting” or “Download from Google Play”. If you have the app installed, click on “Join Meeting”. But if you don’t, you should download the app from Google Play

  • Step 3: Once you have downloaded the app, open it. You will see a page that prompts you to “Join a Meeting”. Click on this tab and then enter the “Meeting ID” sent to you in the earlier mail. Also enter your name in the field provided. You will be asked for a password. Provide the password sent in the earlier mail.

  • Step 4: Now you’re almost set for your meeting. Right under the fields for entering your Meeting ID and Name, you will see options to toggle audio and video preferences. Toggle these on and then click “Join Meeting” to start your mediation session.

  • Good lighting: Make some effort to secure a spot with good lighting for your online session.

  • Check your settings ahead of time: Don’t leave the preparations till it’s five minutes to the meeting. Check to make sure everything is working fine long before.

  • Do a dry run: To be certain everything works perfectly, set up a test session with a friend or even your mediator. This allows you resolve any latent issues that may crop up during your session. Here’s a link you can use to set up your test session.

  • Avoid distractions: It would be quite unfair and disrespectful to the other participants if you are using your phone or otherwise distracted during the meeting.  You should avoid all distractions.

  • No other person in the room: Again, mediation is meant to be private and confidential. Do not have any non-participant in the room during the session.

  • Minimize movement: Movement is just as distracting as not paying attention. Ideally, your video should be zoomed in to your face and shoulders to provide full visibility and minimize distraction from hand or body movement

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