Sherman Law LLP

Family Law/ Mediation


Mediation is a voluntary alternative dispute resolution process to litigation. In mediation, parties work together to try to make good decisions for themselves and for their children outside of court. Mediators do not take sides, and do not decide for the parties how to settle their case. Rather, mediators assist both parties in exploring ways to resolve any disagreements in this confidential settlement process. A mediator helps to guide the parties towards reaching an agreement by applying an interest-based approach to conflict resolution. Our Kitchener family law lawyers assist clients who are seeking to resolve their family law legal disputes with the agreement of each party, and with the assistance of a neutral third-party family law mediator. In these circumstances, we work with you, the mediator, the other party, and their counsel to facilitate settlement discussions and to resolve your dispute through mutually agreeable terms of settlement.

We also offer family law mediation services acting as a neutral third-party mediator to assist participants in conflict to resolve their disputes through constructive and effective communication during the mediation process that will result in interest-based conflict resolution. The parties would be encouraged to consult with their own legal counsel for Independent Legal Advice (ILA) once the mediation sessions have been completed and agreement has been reached.

The resolution of family law matters by mediation can be a positive experience for participants when they examine their respective interests in a safe and welcoming environment. At Sherman Law LLP, we seek to move families forward toward healing, to provide our clients with a measure of security and stability in the midst of uncertainty, and to always advance children’s best interests.

Illustrations of family law negotiations

We can assist as your counsel and trusted advisor at family mediation. 

It is important for those choosing to mediate a family dispute to remember that hiring a mediator should never be a substitute for having your own lawyer because most clients benefit from legal advice and representation.

Many non-lawyer mediators encourage clients to retain them instead of hiring their own lawyers, but they don't have the knowledge of family law to properly assist the participants in resolving the dispute. This can be very problematic for two reasons. First, a mediator’s role is to act as a neutral third party. Second, a mediator does not represent or protect your interests because they are neutral and impartial. Your Kitchener family law lawyers at Sherman Law LLP are here to give you knowledgeable advice and recommendations, and to protect your rights and interests through the family mediation process.

The lawyers at Sherman Law LLP provide representation to clients seeking to resolve their disputes through mediation. We will provide you with the personal attention, supportive environment, and support system that you require to resolve your dispute while advocating on your behalf to protect your interests and working with the mediator to achieve favourable settlement.

We can assist as your neutral third-party mediator at family mediation.

Sherman Law LLP offers family law mediation services whereby we act as a neutral third-party mediator to assist participants to resolve their disputes through constructive and effective communication and problem solving by using an interest-based conflict resolution model. Our family law mediators have completed extensive course work and training including certification through the ADR Institute of Ontario in Dispute Resolution and Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo, in addition to having the knowledge and experience as family law lawyers.

Our mediators will provide you with the creative tools that you need to resolve your disputes on your own terms in a warm and non-confrontational process where the values and opinions of all of the participants will be heard and respected. You will be included in all of the decision-making by applying an interest-based approach to conflict resolution that focuses on your needs, desires, concerns and fears in examining the underlying reasons for your position and helping you achieve a favourable outcome. Once the mediation sessions have been completed and agreement has been reached, the participants would be encouraged to consult with their own legal counsel for Independent Legal Advice (ILA), and for the drafting of any required written agreement.

Our mediators are members of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. We offer two-hour, half-day, and full-day sessions based on a flat rate.​ If you would like to explore how the mediators at Sherman Law LLP can help you settle your dispute through an out of court process, please contact our office for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.

Do you want to learn more about mediation?

For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain their rights and obligations in a separation or a divorce. We are confident that you will appreciate our professional and personalized service. We invite you to browse our website and read the positive things others have to say about us. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to using the benefits of mediation as part of your separation or divorce, please contact 519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding areas.

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Aubrey J.  Sherman

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