Can online mediation replace face to face mediation in Divorce?

Divorce Mediation Online is one of the alternative dispute resolution processes. It is a facilitative process between two or more disputing parties overseen by a neutral third party. When the mediation is online the third party is known as an online mediator. 

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What are the advantages of online mediation?

  • Convenience: the flexibility of the process allows parties to take part when they have the time.

  • There is more room for well-thought-out responses. Due to the slower pace of email communication, mediators are better able to craft communications and strategy. They do not need to react to disputing parties’ statements immediately. Also, participants can take their time to respond to allegations or statements made by the other party. They will be able to respond logically and without the clog of emotions.

  • A level playing field for all parties. When disputing parties are composed of people who tend to dominate the conversation and those who are reserved. The use of email to communicate instead of face-to-face mediation levels the playing field. Parties with dominant confrontational temperaments will not be able to hijack the proceedings. Also, reserved parties will not feel forced to concede points unnecessarily. They won’t need to concede because they want to end confrontations or bring the process to a speedy end.

  • Caucuses are truly confidential. During conventional mediation, if a party requests a caucus, they and the mediator will have to move to another location. This could cause ill feelings with the other party as they are left to imagine the worst with what is going on in the other location. With online mediation, parties can request caucuses without the other party’s knowledge.  This reduces instances of ungracious feelings.

  • Disputing parties can concentrate on the content of each other’s points. They can do this without getting distracted by non-verbal cues. This includes cues like the crossing of the arms, eye-rolling and others that could be misconstrued as confrontational. 

  • Jurisdiction stops being an issue. In dispute cases that cut across state lines, deciding where the mediator will come from stops being an issue.

  • Disputants from different geographic zones can still discuss, as online mediation is not limited by borders.

  • Your choice of mediator is no longer limited to your geographical location. You do not have to concern yourself with choosing a mediator near you. All you need is to ensure that the mediator is an expert in the area of dispute

  • Anonymity is preserved. Online mediation is usually the best option for parties who will like to keep their anonymities intact. An example of beneficiaries of this is insurance companies and government agencies. They could keep their identities out of the mediation process when resolving disputes.

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Common Financial Issued Addressed in Mediation

There are several financial issues you will want to address when negotiating your divorce settlement. Here, I summarize the main ones with links to resources.

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The process of separation was confusing and emotionally charged. We wanted to limit the adversarial nature of sorting out the untangling of lives. Divorce the Smartway provided us with a solution that was fair, reasonably priced and most importantly left our dignity intact. I would highly recommend considering mediation as a option to the courts and was very happy with the way Ken and Lisa helped us find our soft landing.

SN – Vaughan

Stephen N - Vaughan, Ontario

Separation and divorce are one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. And mine, even though we believed things were amicable, still had a level of tension and stress we didn’t expect. Divorce the Smartway helped to ensure my ex and I knew what we were entitled to and helped to make sure both of us were fair in what we were negotiating. People think they can do this on their own. And I was one of those people. Believe me, you cannot. Ken was professional and understood when emotions ran high. And made himself available for the many questions. Divorce the Smartway took a lot of the stress of paperwork and negotiating out of the way and helped me to focus on entering into a new phase of life.

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EA - Family Law Lawyer - Simcoe County
Should you come across anyone who is facing marriage breakup, do them a huge favour by counselling them to pursue mediation as an alternative to the antagonistic legal route. Ken provides a service that really helps people see past the emotional.
Dr. Les Galicinski
Ken Maynard has worked hard for many years to become an expert in the divorce industry.

Ken and his team are top notch. He is very professional and very successful in negotiating divorce settlements. Litigation only results in everyone losing – a lot.

If you are thinking of divorcing or are working in the divorce industry, I highly recommend Ken. I have referred him to many clients with much success.

Maureen Tabuchi - Published Author at Empowering Women to Succeed
As a family specialist in mediation and collaborative law, I am impressed by Ken’s ability to guide clients through difficult and often emotional decisions as they move forward through life transitions.

Ken is creative in his approach to finding acceptable solutions for separating couples and their families.

He speaks candidly and competently. I highly recommend his services.

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I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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I’ve already hired a lawyer. Is it too late for mediation?2019-06-16T23:01:59-04:00

After starting with a lawyer, many of our clients find us. It is never too late to mediate.

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I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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I have a few more questions. What’s the best way to reach you?2019-06-16T22:54:36-04:00

If you have a question or two after reviewing our website, we recommend that you schedule a complimentary 15-minute call. We will address your questions and determine your next steps. You can do so by CLICKING HERE.

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I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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Why use mediation if we are unable to agree?2019-06-16T21:23:37-04:00

Most often it is not as much ‘not wanting’ to reach agreement but ‘knowing how’ to decide. A mediator can convey a fresh perspective. The mediator’s own experiences and knowledge can support the parties to explore alternatives that may not have previously considered.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
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Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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I am skeptical mediation will work for us, is mediation expensive to try?2020-12-30T22:39:03-05:00

Lawyers and Family Court can always come later if no progress is made in mediation. With Divorce mediation you pay-as-you-go, there is limited financial jeopardy in trying to use mediation even if you are skeptical. You could devote a few hundred dollars to find out a settlement is not in reach and end up in Family Court anyway. However, there is a greater likelihood that you will settle in mediation if you start. In that event, you may have saved yourself tens of thousands of dollars

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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What if I don’t want to be in the same room as the other party?2019-06-16T14:34:09-04:00

I offer virtual divorce mediation services which can be conducted online so you don’t have to share the same space with your spouse.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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What happens after divorce mediation?2021-06-17T20:04:42-04:00

What happens after divorce mediation?

After a comprehensive divorce mediation, a separation agreement will be prepared. You will need a legal professional to review the separation agreement and confirm your understanding of the agreement by providing you with a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice. I will share with you a list of lawyers who will charge competitive fees to provide a Certificate of Independent Legal Advice without requiring a retainer

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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What if we don’t live near one of your offices?2019-06-16T14:12:46-04:00

That’s not a problem as we provide online mediation services that couples use, even if they are within easy reach of our offices.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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Can I Only Get Finance-Related Divorce Mediation?2019-06-16T14:09:29-04:00

We can mediate across a whole range of divorce issues, but as we are financial experts, that’s the area in which we can add the most value.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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Will you tell us what to do?2019-06-16T14:05:12-04:00

No, my job as Divorce Mediator is to get you talking with your spouse so you can sort things out between you, not to offer my opinions. If you hire me as a Certified Divorce Financial Specialist instead of a Mediator, I will be able to recommend the best division of assets as well as the best childcare and spousal support solutions. If you hire me in this role, I will not work as your Mediator.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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What’s the best way to prepare for divorce mediation?2019-07-12T12:25:49-04:00

Start by gathering all your financial information. I can give you a list of things I’ll need if you email ken@dtsw.ca  Also, take time to think about what’s the most important result for you to get from your divorce settlement and what your partner might want. Draw up a list of areas you want to discuss during mediation, and be sure to enter into sessions with a determination to compromise over those things that don’t really matter that much. If your mediation is charged on an hourly basis, you don’t want to be wasting time arguing over trivialities.  You may want to checkout my ebook How to Prepare for Separation and Divorce HERE

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
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I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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Who pays for divorce mediation?2019-06-16T21:06:30-04:00

Usually, each party pays one-half of the cost of the mediation. However, there are also many cases in which one party agrees to pay all the cost or a higher percentage than the other. In some cases, one party pays for the mediation as cost occur, then gets reimbursed for one-half in the final property division.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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How much does divorce mediation cost?2019-06-16T13:51:05-04:00

We offer mediation with a flat-fees for document preparation and an affordable per hour rate for mediation. A comprehensive settlement will cost between $2000 and $7000 depending on the complexity of your case.

About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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How to Prepare for Online 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

We help smart and successful separating couples create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs.

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About the Author:
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst & Family Mediator at
647.360.3200
Next Step - Schedule a Get Acquainted Call

I help smart and successful couples, create separation agreements with clarity and soft landings for secure futures, in 4 meetings or less without all the lawyer created overwhelming conflicts, confusion and costs. You can work with me by video conference or with a DTSW associate at any of our 6 DTSW Greater Toronto mediation centers, including | Aurora | Barrie | North York | Vaughan | Mississauga | Scarborough.

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