Our Mission: to inspire and facilitate healthy family transitions.
Your Situation: You may have questions. You may be ready to get started. Either way, please don't hesitate to reach out - we will be happy to assist.
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WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT US?
We use family mediation to help clients across Canada and parts of the United States work through disagreements in a way that minimizes stress and protects your savings. We 'paper' your decisions with a written agreement (Cohabitation Agreement, Marriage Agreement, or Separation Agreement, depending on your circumstances, or a Memorandum of Understanding, depending on your jurisdiction).
Just imagine: you could have all the details of your separation wrapped up within the next few weeks.
COOPERATION: Decades of research shows that extended exposure to conflict is harmful in both the short-term and the long-term for adults and their children. In alignment with modern insight, mediation provides a structure for quick, comfortable and healthy resolution of conflict, as well as the opportunity to proactively make arrangements before conflicts arise.
CERTAINTY: The billable hour in the legal industry causes a huge amount of uncertainty for clients. We have removed this layer of stress for our clients by providing flat fee pricing.
EFFICIENCY: In this era when we can do things like 24/7 online shopping and video chats with friends on the other side of the world, we are used to ultra-efficiency. We apply the modern conveniences of flexible scheduling and use of technology to achieve a highly focused process. As a result of our unique approach, the vast majority of our clients sign a comprehensive agreement within one month.
SPECIALIZATION: We have the benefit of living in an age of specialization. You might as well hire someone who knows the ins and outs of facilitating a quick and comfortable family transition. See us for help with creating or dissolving relationships - it's what we do.
LET'S DO INTRODUCTIONS!
I'm Christina Vinters, a nationally designated Chartered Mediator, "ex" Divorce Lawyer (Non-Practicing Member of the Bar), Author of Pathways to Amicable Divorce and the DIY Divorce Manual, and Peacemaking Business Consultant.
Through my years of work as a Divorce Lawyer and Family Law Mediator, I have extensive experience helping separating 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 litigation can cause families and it was for this reason that I dedicated myself 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.
To that end, I help people resolve a wide range of family issues related to separation and divorce without court intervention, I spread awareness about out-of-court options through my writing, and I help other like-minded professionals develop a satisfying and sustainable divorce practice.
The routine details for your due diligence:
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.
Alright, now that you can check off those basic competency requirements, let's talk about who I am as a person.
I've been told that I have an amazingly calm presence even in the worst of emotional storms.
I listen well for both what is said and what is meant.
I believe that clear and prompt communication is one of the keys to getting anything done.
I get a huge sense of satisfaction out of helping people solve the problems they had thought were intractable before we got started.
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.
It was important to me to find a way to help people easily obtain the information that they need to work towards a healthy and efficient separation. Hiring divorce lawyers to battle out the issues is not the only way to handle separation!
I wrote Pathways to Amicable Divorce as an easy-to-read guide to separation full of strategies for resolving issues without ending up in family court. 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.
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THE MEDIATION PROCESS
We know from years of interactions with clients that you want your separation handled properly but you want it handled quickly and you don't want to lose your life savings to pay for it. We think that's a fair expectation!
Our business is structured on the premise that people deserve easy access to healthy and efficient problem-solving for legal, financial, parenting and communication issues with respect to their new relationships, separation and divorce in Canada and the United States.
IF YOU HAVE A HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT TO BE 'PAPERED'
If you have already discussed and agreed upon specific terms, we can meet virtually or in person to review the details of your verbal agreement and then document your agreement in writing based on your joint instructions. In family law, a verbal agreement is not enforceable.
IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY AGREEING
Family mediation is a flexible and highly effective process. The goal is to reach the best possible outcomes for each person and the process requires respectful, good faith negotiations. With the guidance of a skilled family mediator, most people are able to effectively navigate separation and preserve the health and functionality of their relationship going forward.
I provide legal information regarding the issues facing your family, facilitate discussions of possible resolutions, and document your agreement in writing for you based on your joint instructions; all in ways that are tailored to your family's needs.
Each participant will have a private & confidential Initial Consultation.
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:
decrease in cost
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 due to physical separation during discussions
improvement of power balance
increase of access to justice for people in remote communities, under-serviced communities, or areas where legal expenses are extremely expensive.
Distance mediation/ e-mediation/ online dispute resolution has been recommended by MediateBC as a safe and effective form of family dispute resolution for separation and divorce which increases access to justice.
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
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.