At McClughan & Company in White Rock, our goal is to provide a co-operative, respectful environment that, with the guidance of a mediator, encourages and facilitates individuals in reaching their own unique solution to the issues that often arise at the end, or change, in a relationship.
During the process of family mediation in Surrey or White Rock, we will assist you and your partner in having active conversations about what matters most to you, and provide a forum for all individuals to be heard, with a goal of reaching an agreement that has been thoughtfully crafted by you and your partner.
As a mediator, Cathleen M. McClughan is a neutral third-party and does not act for any one individual. Although she has considerable legal training, she is not your legal counsel. Moreover, she has the benefit of extensive mediation training to assist you in recognizing what matters most to you and your partner, and to enable you to weave your respective interests into an agreement that you both create through open conversation and disclosure.
With mediation, the agreement you reach together is much more meaningful to you and your partner than being directed what to do by a lawyer or being ordered what to do by a judge. You and your partner are in control of your outcome. As you have your family’s best interests at heart, there is no one more capable of finding a solution than you and your family.
Of course, it’s often initially challenging to communicate with each other in a respectful and productive manner where there has been a separation or a separation is imminent, and emotions are running high. This is completely normal and the mediator can assist in diffusing the emotional climate and encourage your respective voices to be heard.
The new Family Law Act that came into force in March 2013 tries to assist individuals facing a relationship breakdown by guiding couples towards dispute resolution such as mediation, before pursuing a court action.
Mediation in Surrey or White Rock can often avoid the stress and cost associated with getting a lawyer and starting a court action. That is not to say, we do not encourage lawyer involvement, and, in fact, we strongly recommend that you obtain independent legal advice to ensure your legal interests are protected. We are also pleased to talk to your lawyer and have them participate in the mediation process where it would be helpful to do so.
In addition to providing mediation in Surrey or White Rock to those experiencing a relationship breakdown, we can also assist individuals who need assistance on a matter after an agreement has been reached but circumstances have changed. We are also able to mediate marriage agreements and cohabitation agreements for those individuals wishing to have their interests addressed prior to embarking on a long-term relationship.