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What can mediation help me with?

Last reviewed February 2021 by the Clicklaw Editors.

is a process for solving conflicts (disputes) without going to court. Two or more parties meet in a private and informal setting to try to settle their dispute with the help of a mediator (a person trained to help people settle conflicts together).

Although there are no set rules about what kind of dispute can or cannot be mediated, mediation is more appropriate in some situations than others.

Good starting points include:

  • About Mediation, from Mediate BC, describes mediation, as well as the role of the mediator and what you can do if you are interested in using mediation. Includes short videos featuring true stories of people who have experienced family mediation.
  • Guide to Mediation in BC, from the provincial government, explains what mediation is and when you might want to use it. Includes information on choosing a mediator and the mediation process.
  • Alternatives to Going to Court, from the Justice Education Society of BC, is a guidebook that gives an overview of the alternatives to going to court, including mediation.
If you are considering using mediation for family law issues, such as divorce or child support, also see How can mediation help me with a divorce agreement?

Need more help?

  • MediateBC has searchable directories of civil, family, and child protection mediators to assist people in selecting a suitable mediator to resolve their dispute. Their Quarantine Conflict Resolution Service offers distance mediation to resolve conflicts arising from COVID-19 at a reduced cost. Until June 2021, they offer the Virtual Pro-Bono Clinic for anyone seeking information about mediation and other conflict resolution processes.
  • MyLawBC Family Mediation Tool, from Legal Aid BC, provides family mediators for free to help with creating a parenting plan. It’s available to all separating parents in BC, but mediators will do an initial screening to decide if online mediation is appropriate.
  • Find more help near you on Clicklaw HelpMap.

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