Turning Point Family Mediation offers straightforward solutions for complicated situations. By providing affordable yet highly professional guidance, we can help you efficiently and cost-effectively navigate your way out of difficult times. Explore our services below.
Mediation is a confidential and non-adversarial process intended to help couples reach settlements on all issues relating to their separation. It is often the preferred choice for couples wishing to avoid the timely, costly, and emotionally draining process of litigation (family court).
As professional mediators, our job is to provide a safe space for couples to discuss the terms of their separation and facilitate productive conversations that ensure both parties are heard, understood, and respected. Our family-first approach has proven to help couples reach an amicable and mutually acceptable agreement together – ensuring you can decide your future, and not a third party or judge.
A Net Family Property Statement is a form used to calculate our clients’ Net Family Property. A vital document for couples going through the separation process, the form lists all assets and debts as of the“Date of Marriage” and “Date of Separation”. Once both parties have disclosed their financial statements, we calculate the “equalization payment” – the payment to be made from the spouse with the higher value to the spouse with the lower value – to put both spouses at an equal position.
Our mediators will walk you through every step of this process, to help you make the most informed and confident decisions during the process.
Child & Spousal
Child and spousal support calculations are an important part of your Separation Agreement.
The calculations to determine the amount of support required can be complex, and there are many factors that play a role in determining what’s appropriate. With the help of state-of-the-art software, as well as Child Support and Spousal Support Guidelines, we can provide an accurate calculation that ensures the best possible future for your children, as well as a fair outcome that addresses the needs of both parties.
A Parenting Plan is a document that comprehensively outlines the agreed upon plan for how you will raise your children after separation or divorce. It includes clear guidelines and expectations on how you and your ex-partner will co-parent moving forward, with regard to topics such as:
Schedule Management of Recreational Activities
Family, Friends and other Parties
Introductions to New Partners
Children’s Possessions Between Homes
Rules Around Mutual Respect and Boundaries
It is very important to have a written plan in place – not only to help parents avoid future conflict, but for the health and well-being of children. Our goal is to help you create a plan that reflects the needs and interests of your children, so that they have the opportunity to thrive in an environment where
co-parenting is strong and mutual respect forms the foundation of the family.
A Separation Agreement* is a legally binding document that summarizes the terms of your separation. This document typically includes all legal agreements pertaining to property (assets, debts, matrimonial home, gifts, inheritances), as well as child and spousal support, and a Parenting Plan.
The Agreement also includes the agreed upon terms of any life insurance policies, and medical or dental plans. Our mediators use the terms reached during the mediation process to draft the Separation Agreement.
Lawyer Drafted and Reviewed Separation Agreements**
We provide our clients with the opportunity to have their Separation Agreement** drafted and reviewed by a family law lawyer. This can bring added peace of mind while going through the mediation process.
* A Separation Agreement is a contract between you and your spouse or partner that states the settlement of issues relating to your separation. Drafting your Separation Agreement is an administrative task and by doing so does not mean we are implying that we are lawyers and providing any legal advice. We strongly encourage any persons who are going through mediation to receive Independent Legal advice from a family law lawyer.
** Having your Separation Agreement drafted and reviewed by a family law lawyer does not constitute independent legal advice. The preparation of the Separation Agreement by counsel for Turning Point Family Mediation Inc. does not, and is not intended to constitute legal advice and does not constitute a retainer or any other agreement with respect to the provision of legal services. Turning Point Family Mediation Inc. is not liable to confirm the validity of the agreement. We encourage any persons who are going through a separation and divorce to seek their own independent legal advice from a family law lawyer to ensure that any Separation Agreement is enforceable.
Online Video Mediations
As an option, we can provide secure online video mediations (via the Zoom video platform) for couples seeking an alternative to meeting in person. Whether you are unable to travel to one of our several office locations, or you do not wish to attend a mediation in person, this convenient solution will help you complete the mediation process from the comfort and security of your home.