Online Mediation

Online mediation – Step by Step

During the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring access to justice for families is crucially important.
With our Court system only able to deal with urgent matters, resolving disputes outside of court is more important than ever.

Laura Atkinson is a family law lawyer and accredited mediator through the Law Society of BC. She can assist your family remotely using zoom for mediation to resolve family law matters including:

1. parenting,
2. guardianship,
3. child support,
4. spousal support and
5. property division.

At the end of the mediation process she can draft a legally enforceable agreement.

How does remote/online mediation work?

Step 1: contact Atkinson Family Law through our website and click on the “New Client – Request and Intake” and provide us your name and your spouse’s name. We will do a conflict check to assess if we are able to assist you.

Step 2: We will then contact you for a 15 minute phone call to discuss your file and make sure that mediation is the right fit and confirm that both spouses are wanting to proceed with mediation.

Step 3: We will contact both spouses to set up zoom pre-mediation meetings and have both spouses complete the Intake Form on our website and email us copies of their photo identification (as the Law Society of BC requires that we confirm client’s identities).

Step 4: Once the pre-mediation meetings are booked we send you the Agreement to Mediate to review and ask for the retainer payment for the mediation option chosen.

Step 5: Individual pre-mediation calls between each spouse and Laura Atkinson (up to an hour). At this meeting we will review your goals for mediation, any concerns you have about mediation, get to know one another and collect the necessary background information to be ready for mediation.

Step 6: After each individual pre-mediation call is complete we will have our zoom mediation with everyone present by zoom. Using zoom, Laura will be able to conduct the mediation, individually caucus (as needed) with each party and share her screen.

Step 7: If the mediation session resolves all issues then Laura can start drafting the agreement. If the mediation session does not resolve all issues it will be up to the clients to decide if they want to book a follow up session or end the mediation.

Step 8: Laura will draft the agreement and send copies to each client to review and (at the client’s option they can decide to have it reviewed by a lawyer). As a mediator, Laura is not able to give legal advice and encourages each individual to have a lawyer review the agreement.

Step 9: If changes are needed and agreed to, Laura will revise the agreement. If changes are needed and not agreed to, then you can elect to have a follow up mediation session to work through the changes.