1-Day Divorce Nanaimo
What if your children, support and property division issues could be resolved in one day?
Solutions based on principles of peace-making, healing and resolution.
Most people don’t need to go to court after separation.
In fact, court can be a costly, hostile and slow way to resolve property division, children and support issues.
We now offer the 1-Day Divorce program – another option for people wanting to resolve child and property division issues amicably, quickly, and cost-effectively.
How Does it Work?
The 1-Day Divorce program is a modified collaborative divorce model, based on the work of Stu Webb. The model uses a team based approach to find collaborative resolution for property and children disputes quickly and cost-effectively.
Similar to a mediation, the parties meet preferably in person in our Nanaimo mediation room. Break-out rooms are available and the parties can begin in different rooms if required.
A lawyer who is also trained and acting as a neutral family mediator works with the participants to identify issues find solutions to post-separation issues. An evaluative mediation approach is used, with the family mediator actively suggesting options to the parties. A neutral divorce coach, financial or children’s expert can also be present as an add-on option during the session as required by the separation circumstances. Because the family mediator also has legal training, any agreements reached between the parties can be prepared as a separation agreement during the session.
At our office, lawyer and family mediator Nick Greer conducts most sessions – Nick has helped separating families though separation in over 200 family mediations in the last 5 years.
None of the neutral participants (the family mediator, or optional financial or child experts) take sides between the parties of offer legal advice. The neutral participants are solely focused on helping the parties reach a resolution.
No party is forced to accept a resolution they do not agree with. If a tentative agreement is reached, the parties do have an option of taking the agreement to a lawyer (at their own cost) for independent legal advice before signing.
This program is not suitable for all cases. Although this approach results in a resolution in the majority of cases, resolution is not guaranteed. Cases involving significant urgency or risk to a party may require litigation or another dispute resolution option. A joint application for a certificate of divorce may be agreed during the session, if required, but may take several months to process.
What is the Cost?
Each party pays a fixed fee of $900 plus tax for the intake appointment, a session of up to 4.5 hours including room booking and refreshments, and drafting of a separation agreement if agreement is reached. A non-refundable deposit of $300 from each party is required to book the session and to cover the costs of the intake sessions and preparation. The balance is due on the date of the session.
Our fee is fixed as a 4.5 hour booking needs to be allocated whether or not the full time is used. However, if the session ends without resolution within 1.5 hours, half of the fixed fee will be returned.
Neutral Financial Adviser (CFP, CFDS – Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist) – 3 hours – $225 plus tax each. A financial adviser is strongly suggested in matters where finances are under discussion.
Neutral Divorce Coach – $150 per hour plus tax, as required. Divorce coaches are certified mental health professionals with special training in Collaborative Divorce. They understand family dynamics and know how to support you through the emotional challenges of separation.
Neutral Child Specialist – $75 per hour plus tax each, as required (or $225 plus tax each for 3 hours). A Child Specialist is a certified mental health professional with special training in child development and Collaborative Divorce and can assist with matters where children’s best welfare is being discussed.
Independent Legal Advice – You are not required to bring a lawyer. However, you may bring your own lawyer to the session if you wish. We do strongly recommend that you retain a lawyer trained in Collaborative Divorce. We can provide a list of locally trained lawyers.
Family Arbitration – If no agreement is reached, a Family Law Act qualified arbitrator can be delegated to make a legally binding decision (at an additional cost). Both parties must agree to delegation of the dispute to arbitration.
How do I Get Started?
The best way to get started is to schedule an individual or joint initial meeting with us to discuss whether a 1-Day Divorce Session is suitable for your particular situation.
You will meet with our family mediator who can explain the process in more depth, conduct a risk and suitability assessment, and answer any other questions you might have.
There is no cost for a brief meeting to explain the process and provide a detailed cost estimate.
“Court isn’t the only option. We love exploring the best alternative dispute tools to help you find peace, healing, and resolution.”