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Welcome to the Alberta Family Mediation Society

Our Mission

Alberta Family Mediation Society (AFMS) advocates resolution of family conflict through the use of mediation by qualified professionals.

What is Family Mediation?

Mediation is a family-centered conflict resolution process in which an impartial third party (the mediator) helps the participants in negotiating a consensual, informed and fair agreement. Decision-making rests with the parties throughout. The mediator assists the parties in identifying issues and information needs, reducing obstacles to communication, exploring alternatives and focusing on the needs and interests of those who it is agreed are affected.

What is Parenting Coordination?

The role of a Registered Parenting Coordinator and Arbitrator (RPCA) is to help with communication and cooperation between parents for the purpose of effectively co-parenting their children. An RPCA's role involves meeting with the parents to establish cooperative parenting plans and to assist in dispute resolution using mediation skills. If agreements cannot be made with mediation, the RPCA has decision making authority by means of a binding decision as governed by the Arbitration Act of Alberta. AFMS strongly advises parents to ensure that a Parenting Coordinator is a member of a registered professional body.

Getting Through the Breakup Earthquake

Article by Barbara Jo Fidler, Ph.D., C.Psych., Acc.FM, Parenting Coordination Information for Parents and Lawyers

Article in The Medicine Hat News