What exactly is this thing called “distance mediation”?

Shameless enthusiast that I am about our distance mediation service, I recently gave one of my health care practitioners a copy of our information pamphlet.  (If you’d like a copy, just send me an e-mail and I’ll happily send you one.) (Did I mention that I’m an enthusiast?)

After glancing at it briefly, he gave me an untypically blank look and muttered, “So, what exactly is this distance mediation?”  Wow.  Lucky, lucky me!  How often do you get to talk to someone in a lab coat about something that brings a smile to your face?

Here, in a nutshell, is how we define “distance mediation”:  It is a mediation using information or communication technology in which one or more of the people participating aren’t in the same room as the mediator.  In the case of our distance family mediation service, we are open to considering pretty well any type of technology that allows spouses or partners, current or former, to communicate or share information.  This includes regular landline, cell phones, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, e-mail, text messaging, web conferencing, and dedicated online mediation platforms.  As our pamphlet says, the technology used in mediation is your choice.  (Did I mention that I’d be happy to send you a copy of our pamphlet?)

Hello British Columbia!

First steps – no matter how small – are often exciting, seeming full of promise and possibility.  They are also often a bit like peering through a newly-opened door.  One can’t help but wonder what unexpected discovery might be around one of those corners out there!

Posting this first entry on the BC Distance Family Mediation Blog feels very much like one of those first steps.  Exciting and brimming with possibilities, it also raises endless questions about what we might discover about the new field of technology-assisted family mediation with the help of you, the great people of British Columbia.

Whether you are personally going through separation or divorce in the province, or are a family mediator, lawyer or other professional who serves British Columbian families, or you simply have an interest in technology-assisted mediation, we hope you will join us in this blog as we take our next steps to explore what is around the corner for distance mediation!