It's 2018 and, yes, your separation can be quick & comfortable if you start well.
You are trying to navigate your separation and divorce in your family's best interests.
It's a daunting legal system but you've come to the right place: family law mediation is an amazingly effective choice whether you are in the midst of the legal separation process or changing the details of your existing Separation Agreement or divorce order.
Family law mediation is not only effective but also one of the best choices for a low-stress, respectful, cost-efficient resolution.
Our mission is to inspire and facilitate healthy family transitions.
We've thought carefully about what most separating couples truly want and we've created an innovative process to help you achieve a quick & comfortable resolution so you can move on with life.
We work with kind-hearted, thoughtful human beings who are seeking closure & a fresh start.
If you are looking to disparage your spouse during the process, use intimidation as a negotiation tactic, or 'win' at the expense of your spouse and/or your children, you'll need to go back to the Google machine to find someone else to work with - we are not for you!
Ready to get started on your separation?
We will be happy to assist. Call 778-475-8002 or click the button below to send us a message:
What is unique about our approach to separation and divorce family law?
We help couples across British Columbia 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 know that you don't want to write a blank cheque for hourly billing of fees so we have created a flat fee package. This removes one significant source of stress during an already stressful time.
We will facilitate a detailed settlement discussion and then draft your Separation Agreement. Most of our clients finish our process with a signed family law agreement within one month.
Our approach is appropriate for you if:
You have a handshake agreement that needs to be 'papered' into a Separation Agreement
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.
You are having difficulty agreeing on what should go into your Separation Agreement
Family law 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.
We provide legal information regarding the issues facing your family, facilitate discussions of possible resolutions, and document your Separation Agreement in writing for you based on your joint instructions; all in ways that are tailored to your family's needs.
Who are we?
I'm Christina Vinters, a nationally designated Chartered Mediator, gratefully non-practicing Family Law 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 family law 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.
Our Divorce Books
Pathways to Amicable Divorce is an easy-to-read guide to separation full of strategies for resolving issues without ending up in family law court. This guide is useful at the beginning of your separation to help you understand your options, develop the right mindset, and avoid common pitfalls.
The DIY Divorce Manual addresses the end of the separation process and guides you through how to complete your final divorce papers.
Christina Vinters is the Host of Divorce Well, the podcast for healthy separation and divorce, where she interviews experts from across North America about various issues related to the challenges of separation, and the options and services that will help you divorce well. This divorce podcast puts the emphasis on productive strategies and healthy transitions.
Family Law Issues
In your Separation Agreement, we are able to address all of the issues arising out of your separation that are relevant and important to you, including:
- Determination of family property and debt
- Division of family property and debt (for example, documenting the details of one of you buying the family home from the other so that you can get bank re-financing approved)
- Parenting arrangements and parenting time (formerly referred to as custody and access)
- Child support
- Special and extraordinary expenses for your children (such as daycare expenses, extra-curricular activities, medical expenses, etc.)
- Spousal support (also known as alimony)
- Decision-making and communication guidelines
- Interim arrangements, such as use of the family home, management of household expenses, and support, pending the final transfer or sale of the family home
- Other details specific to your family.
In addition, we can help you review many issues that were decided in your Separation Agreement or court order that now require some time of adjustment. We can help you discuss and agree upon the changes that you need, and draft an Addendum for you. Some of these situations might be:
- Review of child support
- Review of special and extraordinary expenses for your children
- Review of spousal support
- Review of parenting arrangements and parenting time
- Discussion of any issues that have arisen in your family arrangements and need to be resolved.
Each participant will have a private & confidential Initial Consultation (by phone, video chat 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. Most of our clients need 1 - 2 Joint Meetings to reach agreement through our highly-focused process.
I will document your Separation Agreement according to your joint instructions. You have the option of obtaining Independent Legal Advice before you sign the agreement (recommended but optional).
We love e-Mediation!
We serve family law clients across British Columbia using technology within their comfort-level, including by phone and video chat platforms like Zoom or Skype.
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 of emotional triggers, like body language, facial expressions
increase in feeling of safety
Through the use of basic technology, we assist clients across British Columbia.
We also provide In Person Family Law Mediation in Vernon, BC.
Although there are many 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.
We offer service in person at our home office in the East Hill neighbourhood of Vernon, British Columbia for clients located in the Okanagan/Shuswap.
Please know that your separation doesn't have to be the awful battle that you've heard about from your friends. The majority of our clients complete their Separation Agreement within one month through our innovative family law mediation process.
Ready to move ahead?
Book online through the button below or call 778-475-8002 to schedule your appointment.