Our Mission: to inspire and facilitate healthy family transitions.
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What is unique about our approach to cohabitation, separation and divorce?
We help couples across Canada and parts of the United States work through disagreements together in a way that minimizes stress and protects your savings. Rather than you each hiring your own lawyer, together you hire one mediator.
We will facilitate a detailed settlement discussion and then draft your Cohabitation Agreement, Marriage Agreement, or Separation Agreement, depending on your circumstances, or a Memorandum of Understanding, depending on your jurisdiction.
Most of our clients finish our process with a signed family law agreement within one month.
I'm Christina Vinters, a nationally designated Chartered Mediator, gratefully non-practicing Lawyer, Author of Pathways to Amicable Divorce and the DIY Divorce Manual, and Host of the Divorce Well Podcast.
Through my years of work as a Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Mediator, I have extensive experience helping couples with most types of family situations, both preventing problems and resolving disagreements.
I have had the privilege of serving clients who required separation assistance structuring the division of net worth in the tens of millions of dollars as well as clients for whom the sole focus was coordinating the healthy co-parenting of their children.
I have seen the financial and emotional damage that divorce court can cause families and it was for this reason that I dedicated myself exclusively to out-of-court resolution. I believe that people deserve a way to peacefully and efficiently handle separation and divorce so that they can continue their lives in a functional way.
B.A., University of Toronto.
J.D. (law degree), University of Victoria.
Family Law Mediator, Law Society of British Columbia.
Chartered Mediator, ADR Institute of Canada.
Co-Founder, Intake Manager
And I'm Juris Vinters, Christina's business partner and husband. I am the first point of contact for clients when you call for information or to book an appointment.
I'll fill you in on the details of our process and answer all your questions about mediation. I am also available throughout the course of your mediation package to help with technical questions relating to your web-chats, scheduling, and updates as needed.
Pathways to Amicable Divorce is an easy-to-read guide to separation full of strategies for resolving issues without ending up in family court. This guide is useful at the beginning of your separation. Download your complimentary copy.
The DIY Divorce Manual addresses the end of the separation process and guides you through how to complete your final divorce papers.
Book Endorsements by Highly-Respected Divorce Lawyers, Divorce Coaches, and More
Each participant will have a private & confidential Initial Consultation (by phone, Skype or in person).
If you both agree to participate, we will then meet together either virtually or in person as needed until you have reached the terms of agreement. The average number seems to be 2 - 3 joint meetings.
I will document your agreement according to your joint instructions. You have the option of obtaining Independent Legal Advice before you sign the agreement (recommended but optional). If you are in British Columbia, the document will be a Cohabitation Agreement, Marriage Agreement, or Separation Agreement. If you are in other parts of Canada or the United States, the document will be a Memorandum of Understanding.
I serve family law clients across Canada and parts of the United States using technology within their comfort-level, including by:
video chat platforms, like Zoom or Skype; and
E-mediation is also known as online mediation, distance mediation, online divorce, online dispute resolution, and online ADR.
As long as you have either a phone connection or an internet connection, I can work with you without anyone incurring the time, inconvenience and cost of coordinating a physical meeting:
you and your partner and I can be in three different geographic locations;
you and your partner can be in the same location and I can be in a different location.
Some of the benefits of e-mediation are:
increase in scheduling flexibility and convenience
ability to manage family law matters in the comfort & privacy of your own space
increase in efficiency & speed of resolution
decrease in presence of emotional triggers, like body language, facial expressions
increase in feeling of safety
I am based in Vernon, BC and I work with clients across Canada (with the exception of Quebec) and parts of the United States.
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In Person Mediation in Vernon, BC
Although there are benefits to e-mediation for everyone, even those who are geographically close to each other, some clients like to have a sit-down around an actual table.
I offer service in person at my home office in the East Hill neighbourhood of Vernon, British Columbia for clients located in the Okanagan/Shuswap.