If you’re ready to move forward, mediation offers a private, flexible, cost-effective means to settlement

Mediation is particularly effective in cases of:

  • Separation and Divorce
  • Wills and Estate Matters
  • Family Business Decisions
  • Parent – Child Disputes
  • Health Care and Medical Decisions for Older Parents
  • Caregiver Support for an Aging Family Member
  • Advanced Care and End-of–Life Wishes

In all phases of life, where family relationships exist, mediation should be the first alternative. Why wait for months in the court system, add additional pain to already-strained relationships? Instead choose to work with an experienced, qualified professional on your timelines.

Aneez is an accredited and experienced meditator and seasoned communications professional. She has helped many clients resolve their disputes in a calm and reasoned fashion, so everyone can move ahead.

Aneez offers comprehensive mediation and unbundled services

What is comprehensive mediation?

You may want to look at comprehensive mediation as a way to take care of everything, “including the kitchen sink.”

When couples decide to end their marriage, there are a lot of decisions to be made.  In the case where children are involved, the children and their wellbeing is the first priority. You and your (ex) partner will need to decide things like:

  • Where will the children live?
  • When and how will the other parent visit and communicate with the children when s/he is not parenting the kids?
  • Will parenting be a shared responsibility or not?
  • How will parents share the parenting of the children?
  • Where will the children spend their holidays?
  • Who will make the major decisions concerning the health, education, extra-curricular activities, religious upbringing of the children?
  • Who will pay how much in child support?

That’s just regarding children; other issues also need to be sorted out:

  • What happens to the matrimonial home, who gets it or do you sell?
  • Your family assets as a couple – these need to be split.
  • The liabilities and debts that you have as a couple – these also need to be shared.
  • Where will each of you live?
  • What about spousal support? Is it necessary? If yes, how much support for how long?

It’s a lot of work for any couple. Instead of fighting it out in a long, expensive and painful court battle, try mediation.

We offer two comprehensive service options. Each concluding with a final agreement provided the parties mediate in good faith and reach agreement.

COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE OPTIONS

The Final Agreement – with Child / Children

This option includes:

  • Individual Intake Session with each party
  • Agreement to Mediate
  • Financial Disclosure
  • Mediation Services – includes joint and individual sessions aimed at coming to agreement on all major issues including:
    • Custody & Access
    • Division of Property and Equalization
    • Support – Child Support and Spousal Support
  • During mediation, you may also require the assistance of a financial advisor, a lawyer, and / or a mental health professional. We have a broad network of experienced professionals that we can refer, if you need.
  • Preparation of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – This is your final agreement from mediation. It incorporates all items on which agreement has been reached.
  • Independent Legal Advice (ILA) – At this point, you and your (ex) partner proceed to have the agreement reviewed by your respective lawyers.

After mediation and based on your requirements, we can provide referrals to experienced family lawyers. You select the lawyer you would like to work with to review the MOU. You must understand any legal implication of your agreement. Your lawyers will then prepare a formal Separation Agreement for execution.

Comprehensive mediation allows you to be a role model for your child / children as you work things out and move forward with your dignity in tact. It saves you time, money and the anguish of a public legal process.

The Final Agreement – No Children

This option includes:

  • Individual Intake Session with each party
  • Agreement to Mediate
  • Financial Disclosure
  • Mediation Services – includes joint and individual sessions aimed at coming to agreement on all major issues including:
    • Division of Property and Equalization
    • Spousal Support
  • During mediation, you may also require the assistance of a financial advisor, a lawyer, and / or a mental health professional. We have a broad network of experienced professionals that we can refer, if you need.
  • Preparation of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – This is your final agreement from mediation. It incorporates all items on which agreement has been reached.
  • Independent Legal Advice (ILA) – At this point, you and your (ex) partner will proceed to have the agreement reviewed by your respective lawyers.

After mediation and based on your requirements, we can provide referrals to experienced family lawyers. You select the lawyer you would like to work with to review the MOU. You must understand any legal implications of your agreement. Your lawyers will then prepare a formal Separation Agreement for execution.

Comprehensive mediation saves you time, money and the anguish of a public legal process. Work it out and move on with life.

UNBUNDLED MEDIATION SERVICES

If your mediation needs to focus on one key area – either from comprehensive list above or another area of mutual interest – we can work with you to ensure you have the right plan in place for that priority. Our most common unbundled mediation services are parenting plans and division of property.

Parenting Plan

Work out where the kids will live, how you and your (ex) partner will parent your children, determine how you will make the major decisions concerning education, health, extra-curricular and religious activities, holiday schedules.

Division of Property and Equalization

Maybe you and your (ex) partner don’t have children and have decided that neither of you need support from the other; you may just want to divide property and move on. Mediation is an excellent route to get the matter resolved.

Unique matters for mediation

Aneez is a highly skilled and experienced mediator.  Her process offers a private and confidential setting for the discussion of any matter in dispute.

Family conflict is a normal part of life

Sometimes it seems easier to talk through our problem. At other times, we simply need the help of a professional to get us though.

  • If you’re caught in a dispute about an important family matter, such as an Estate or Will, mediation can be a very effective route to resolution.
  • Parent-child disputes can benefit from mediation – particularly when a plan is required to deal with unhealthy patterns of behaviour. Parenting is not easy. And economic status doesn’t make it easier or more difficult. In fact, today children of high net worth parents are experiencing lower emotional and psychological outcomes than those of other socio-economic groups.

If you’re dealing with these issues, mediation is an excellent option – its private, confidential and tailor-fit for each family. If necessary, we can bring together a multi-disciplinary team to work with your family. This includes experts in the areas of psychology, law and wealth management.

Bring in a neutral third party to manage the different interests around the table

Because relationships matter, a mediator is an excellent resource to facilitate the negotiations around family business agreements.

If you need to discuss and plan any of the following aspects:

  • Establishment of the business
  • Reorganization
  • Succession
  • Wind-down or sale

A neutral third party can be critical to the success of your negotiations.

Handle your affairs in private. Preserve family relationships. Re-establish positive communications and lay the groundwork for the future.

Explore the possibility of mediation when dealing with the important and sensitive matters of a family business.

Elder Mediation: a new and specialized field

It involves the mediation of any dispute, conflict or disagreement affecting the interests of an older adult.

Aneez has comprehensive training in elder mediation. She has current knowledge on aging and the types of issues that are associated with older adults. As a trained professional, Aneez is skilled in working with multiple parties, multiple issues and inter-generational dynamics.

Aneez provides families with a unique opportunity to work together in a private, supportive and non-confrontational environment. At the heart of the conversation is always, the best interests of the older parent, whether he or she is able to actively participate in the mediation or not.

If your family needs help in responding to a crisis situation or you want to plan ahead, a trained mediator can facilitate the important discussions and decisions that need to be made.

Outcomes of elder mediation can include, and are not limited to:

  • Advanced retirement and estate planning
  • Home care plans
  • Caregiver support plans
  • Transition to residence outside of the family home
  • Health care and medical decision making
  • Advanced care and end of life wishes

Having first-hand experience, Aneez understands. Having the training, Aneez is qualified.

She has lived the challenge, is aware of resources in the community, and has the skills required to guide families through these complex conversations.

We could all use a coach once in a while

Need help moving forward? This is where Aneez’ skills are doubled due to her first hand life experience and knowledge as well.

Marriage breakdown? She’s been there and worked through it.

Parent in health crisis?  Need to establish a care plan for an older parent? Been there too, when the needs of an individual and family are changed forever in an instant.

Lean on someone who is a qualified professional, has helped others and has lived through it as well.

Our services include:

  • Assisting you in direct negotiations if this is the process you are involved in.
  • Providing you with information, navigating the legal system and assisting you with the process, outside of your lawyer’s responsibilities.
  • Navigating public and private healthcare options available and helping you prepare a plan best suited to meet the needs of your loved one.

We have a wide network and can help you establish the right direction for yourself and refer you to resources and experts if and when needed.  This includes lawyers, financial advisors, wealth management experts, psychologists, real estate experts, and more.

TESTIMONIALS

“I was introduced to Aneez as my mediator in a family matter. She was very patient. I felt I was being heard. She is also very knowledgeable and took the time to understand my feelings. I highly recommend her services.”
SK, Client in Toronto

“Aneez Khanani is one of the best trainers in mediation I have worked with. On top of excellent pedagogical skills, she has an amazing mastery of mediation techniques and tools, be it in commercial, matrimonial, family or inter-personal mediation.  Being a mediator herself, her training pattern is in congruence with fundamental mediation values such as benevolence, empathy and non-judgement.  Aneez has a long and deep experience in mediation and human psychology that give her that added value one looks for in a very competent trainer. Having called upon Aneez for 4 training sessions in the past 4 years for a total of 14 training days (and 50 trainees), I highly recommend Aneez as an excellent and very competent mediation trainer.”

Zarien Rajan-Badouraly, Chairperson National Conciliation and Arbitration Board (NCAB) for France

“Abbotsford Seniors Centre was fortunate to have Aneez Khanani an elder Mediator and Communications Expert here to present on the topic of mediation. Aneez explained the role of an elder mediator in a way that was relevant to our audience of seniors. This new approach to understanding and resolving potential “hot topics” within families was well received as was Aneez and her expertise.”

Patricia Goyeche, Coordinator of Community Programs for The Glebe Centre Community Programs