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Marlene Russo
Lawyer & Mediator
Vancouver Island, All of Canada, Northern Vancouver Island, Southern Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC

Office: (250) 380-0076
Fax: (250) 380-0092

Family Roster Mediation Details
Having been both a lawyer and a mediator for many years, I have dealt with many different types of disputes and have conducted mediations for different sizes of groups ranging from two people to more than forty.

$200 - $200 / hour

$200 per hour plus taxes and disbursements.

There is a two hour minimum fee for mediations cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.


The purpose of a family mediation is to help you to move forward through a difficult, and often expensive, process. One person might want the process to move quickly. Another might need time to think about the future. There are many different ways that the breakdown of a relationship can occur. It is important to talk about your situation so that I can create the right mediation process for you. One of the first things that I will discuss with you is whether it is the right time to start the mediation process. There is no absolute rule about timing. Each case is different. A mediation that is conducted too early in the process might be a waste of time and money. My goal is to obtain a settlement that works for you - in the short term and in the long term.

I will also talk to you about the best way to conduct the mediation. Sometimes, I meet with the participants separately more than once in order to give everyone a chance to think and speak freely, without the pressure of the other person being in the room watching them.

I will want to ensure that you know your rights as well as your obligations. In a mediation involving separation, I will ask you to choose the lawyer who will give you independent legal advice before you sign any formal agreement. Our goal is to create a separation agreement that your lawyer will approve without having to revise it.

My extensive experience as a family lawyer has allowed me to understand the law and help you make decisions that make sense for you.

My goal is to use my skills as a problem solver and as someone with the ability to listen in order to provide you with a positive and productive way to get the solution that is best for you.

Aboriginal Family Law Issues
  • Aboriginal Family Law Issues
Conflict within Families
  • Abuse/Sexual Abuse
  • Addiction Issues (Drug & Alcohol)
  • Family Relationships
  • Managing High Conflict
  • Managing Power Imbalances
  • Mental Health Issues
Contact with a Child (Access/Custody)
  • Aboriginal Issues
  • Guardianship
  • Parenting Arrangements (Time and Education)
  • Parenting Plans
  • Plan of Care & Living Arrangements
Elder Mediation
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance/Business Succession
  • Pensions and Benefits
  • Plan of Care & Living Arrangements
  • Wills and Estates
Financial & Property
  • Child Support & Maintenance
  • Common Law Relationships/Trusts
  • Division of Assets and Liabilities
  • Family Business
  • Family Inheritance and Estates
  • Financial Aspects of Separation
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Spousal Support
  • Parent/Teen Disputes
  • Parenting Arrangements and Education
  • Parenting Plans
  • Step & Blended Family Mediation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Separation Memorandums of Understanding

  • Aboriginal: Self-identified
  • African
  • Afro-American/Canadian
  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Chinese
  • Columbian
  • Croatian
  • Filipino
  • First Nations Peoples, Agencies and Communities
  • French Canadian
  • Hindu
  • Indo-Canadian
  • Iranian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Laos
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  • Same Sex/Gender
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