FAQ's

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Here's a list of questions you may have. Can't find what you're looking for? Call me (705) 770 - 7479, email me michelle@hackdivorce.com or fill out the contact form below

What Are Your Rates?

  • My hourly rate is $210/hour + HST

  • Intake Sessions are half this rate at $105/hour + HST

  • The cost for Agreement Document is typically $600 + HST, depending on how many sections are required.

Why Are My Rates Lower Than Average? Since the beginning of Covid, I've observed that the average family law mediator has increased their rates from $180/ hour to $225 - $350/ hour. This is 20 - 50% rate hike! I refuse to participate in this. I've only raised my rates by 15% because I feel that is equivalent to the increased cost of living for all of us.

 

  

How Long Will My Mediation Process Take?

The average mediation consists of:

  • Each party attending an intake session

  • Followed by 2 two-hour joint sessions.

    • The first joint session is focused on parenting issues and the second deals more with the finances.

  • Following that, I write up your Agreement Document and then

  • We meet one final time to review the Agreement together.

  • HOWEVER, if your case is complex or it takes you some time to gather certain necessary information, the process can be longer. How prepared and cooperative you are will dictate how quickly and cost-effectively you work through the process. Occasionally, my clients work through the process quicker than normal and, yes, they save money.

Do We Need Lawyers?

  • Many people choose mediation because they wish to avoid the excessive cost of lawyers. Lawyers can advise you in ways that mediators are not allowed to. However, in Canada, you are FREE to make your Agreement with or without lawyers - it's your choice.

  • The following statement is directly from the Government of Canada website and you can find it here: "You can prepare a separation agreement on your own, or get a lawyer (or notary in Quebec and British Columbia) to prepare one for you."

What Is Your Experience and Educational Background?

  • I've been a family law mediator for over 10 years and have worked with 1000+ clients

  • I've worked with 1000's of families, individuals and couples in helping professions for over 30 years

  • I've taken over 150 hours of post-graduate courses in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), primarily through the Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo (UW)

  • I have a B.Sc. Physics (U of L) followed by a B.A. Honors in Psychology (UW)

Full Disclosure

In Canada, mediation is an unregulated profession. Family Law Mediators are permitted to practice with or without credentials. At the beginning of my practice, I maintained credentials.  BUT... after years of faithfully paying dues and receiving no meaningful benefit, I opted to provide my mediation services without accreditation.

 

At no point, in over 10 years, has any one of my clients ever declined to work with me because I was not accredited. 

It is my belief that experience and client results provide the ultimate credentials. You be the judge!