Negotiation is a method by which people settle differences without resorting to litigation. It is a process where parties try to reach a compromise or agreement and avoid argument and dispute. In any disagreement, individuals understandably aim to achieve the best possible outcome for their position. However, if the parties are not willing to “give and take”, the negotiation will likely not be successful.
Negotiation is not a zero-sum game; principles of fairness, seeking mutual benefit and maintaining a relationship are the keys to a successful outcome. Further, the degree to which the negotiating parties trust each other to implement the negotiated solution is a major factor in determining whether negotiations are successful.
The lawyers at MFC Law are experienced in negotiating settlements that achieve the best possible outcome for their clients. If you are interested in learning more about how our lawyers can assist you in negotiating a settlement, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.
Mediation is a more interactive process where a neutral third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. Mediation participants are encouraged to actively participate in the process. The mediator uses a wide variety of techniques to guide the process in a constructive direction and to help the parties find their optimal solution. A mediator manages the interaction between parties and facilitates open communication.
The lawyers at MFC Law have experience assisting their client’s in reaching mediated settlements that are innovative and tailored to their client’s individual needs. If you are interested in learning more about how our lawyers can assist you in reaching a mediated settlement, please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.
Arbitration is a process where the parties to a dispute refer it to an impartial adjudicator to make a final decision regarding any unresolved issues arising from their legal matter. The parties agree to be bound by the arbitrator’s decision. The arbitrator reviews the evidence in the case and imposes a decision that is legally binding on both sides and enforceable in the courts.
Third Party Professionals
Third party professionals include any professional involved in the lives of the children for the purpose of assisting a parent with any aspect of parenting, such as developing a parenting plan and/or the skills necessary to implement the parenting plan. Third party professionals include counsellors, psychologists, parenting coordinators, social workers, assessors, clinical investigators, Family and Children Services and the Office of the Children's Lawyer.
The lawyers at MFC Law know when to seek the involvement of a third party professional and how to handle a matter when a third party professional is involved with a parent, involuntarily or otherwise. If you are seeking the involvement of a third party professional, or you have a third party professional involved in your matter involuntarily, please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an initial consultation.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Where the circumstances call for it, the lawyers at MFC Law are strong proponents of resolving matters without resorting to the court system. By utilizing alternative resolution methods, client’s not only have the ability to reduce their legal fees, but also have greater control over the financial and emotional consequences of their legal matter. The following processes and techniques are standard methods used as a means for disagreeing parties to come to an agreement short of litigation: