YES, YOUR SEPARATION CAN BE QUICK & COMFORTABLE! GET STARTED WELL.
Pathways to Amicable Divorce provides tips on achieving a quick and comfortable separation and avoiding family court.
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YOU ARE TRYING TO NAVIGATE YOUR DIVORCE IN YOUR FAMILY'S BEST INTERESTS.
It's a daunting legal system but you've come to the right place: divorce mediation is an amazingly effective choice whether you are in the process of separation or changing the details of your existing Separation Agreement or divorce order. Mediation is not only effective but also one of the best choices for a low-stress, respectful, cost-efficient resolution.
WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT MODERN SEPARATIONS?
I help families across Canada and parts of the United States work through disagreements in a way that minimizes stress and protects your savings. I 'paper' your decisions with a Separation Agreement (or Memorandum of Understanding, depending on your jurisdiction). Just imagine: you could have all the details of your separation wrapped up within the next month.
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.
CERTAINTY: The billable hour in the legal industry causes a huge amount of uncertainty for clients. I have removed this layer of stress for my 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. I apply the modern conveniences of flexible scheduling and use of technology to achieve a highly focused separation process. As a result of my unique approach, the vast majority of my clients sign a comprehensive Separation 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 separation. It's what I do.
HELLO, LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF!
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 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 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.
MY DIVORCE BOOK
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.
BOOK ENDORSEMENTS BY HIGHLY-RESPECTED DIVORCE PROFESSIONALS
I 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. I think that's a fair expectation!
My 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 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
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 Separation Agreement. If you are in other parts of Canada or the United States, the document will be a Memorandum of Understanding.
I serve clients across Canada and parts of the United States using technology within their comfort-level, including by:
video chat platforms, like Skype; and
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 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. Contact me about service for your jurisdiction!
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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 for clients located in the Okanagan/Shuswap to accommodate that preference.