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Chris Harris
LL.B., M.A. (Political Science)
Family and Civil Mediator
All of Province, Greater Vancouver
N/A
Office:
Chris Harris Consulting Services
Vancouver, BC

Office: (604) 512-2021
Cell: (604) 512-2021


Family Roster Mediation Details
$190 - $190 / hour

In cases of genuine hardship, Chris will consider providing family mediation services at a reduced rate.

Reimbursement for any non-refundable out-of-pocket expenses incurred.

2002

Chris is a family mediator and a former practicing family lawyer, holding three university degrees including a Law degree and a Master's degree. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1981 and maintains his membership with the Law Society of British Columbia as a Retired Member. Chris has been actively mediating since 2002.

Chris began working in the family law area as a young lawyer in the 1980s. Now, many years later, with considerable life experience, Chris genuinely enjoys assisting families as they transition, through separation and/or divorce, into the future. Chris has been accredited as a Family Law Mediator by both the Law Society of British Columbia and Mediate BC.

Family mediation is a process whereby individuals involved in a family breakup (such as a separation and/or a divorce) sit down with a skilled neutral third party (the Family Mediator), who assists them in coming to their own agreement about how to move forward with respect to property division, support and issues related to the future care of their children.

When families break up, the affected individuals almost invariably experience a feeling of genuine grief - regardless of who may have initiated the change. It is widely understood that grief has a number of stages, although those stages are not always shared, to the same extent, by all the individuals affected by the breakup, or necessarily experienced in a linear form. Those stages are usually identified as: 1) shock and denial; 2) anger; 3) bargaining; 4) depression; and 5) acceptance. As a dispute resolution professional, a Family Mediator will listen carefully to the individuals involved in a family breakup, determine where they are in this process and ensure that they are both ready to sit down and mediate a meaningful resolution to their dispute, in a context where both individuals feel safe.

Chris is experienced in many aspects of family re-organization after separation, including financial support and property division after separation as well as guardianship, parenting schedules, parenting time, custody, maintenance and support.

British Columbia's Family Law Act and Canada's Divorce Act now recognize same-sex families, Chris is particularly interested in, and has experience working with, the unique circumstances and challenges of same-sex families.

Finally, Chris understands that a family pet is often viewed as a valued member of the family. As a pet owner himself, he is keen to assist separating owners to resolve issues relating to the future care of their pet, including where it will live and how veterinary and other expenses will be allocated or shared.

Conflict within Families
  • Family Relationships
  • Managing High Conflict
  • Managing Power Imbalances
Contact with a Child (Access/Custody)
  • Guardianship
  • Parenting Arrangements (Time and Education)
  • Parenting Plans
  • Plan of Care & Living Arrangements
Financial & Property
  • Child Support & Maintenance
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Division of Assets and Liabilities
  • Financial Aspects of Separation
  • Spousal Support
Parenting
  • Parenting Arrangements and Education
  • Parenting Plans
  • Step & Blended Family Mediation
Separation
  • Separation Memorandums of Understanding
  • Sexual Orientation

  • Same Sex/Gender