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Separation & Divorce Mediation : Spousal Support & Division of Property

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14 Credit Hours

Determining future financial support and separating property can be challenging for parties, and wrought with uncertainty and high emotion. This course provides an overview of the federal and provincial legislation that governs the calculation of spousal support and the division of property when couples separate.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the legislation that guides and enforces decisions made regarding spousal support and division of matrimonial property for married, adult interdependent partnerships (commonlaw), and samesex adult interdependent partnerships
  • Understand the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and how they are used by the courts
  • Understand what is and is not considered matrimonial property, including assets, debts, pensions, investments, and related considerations
  • Know the role of the mediator in assisting the parties to prepare for mediation on spousal support and division of property issues
  • Know the role of external professionals and the importance of client education and advocacy
  • Explore the ethical considerations at play when mediating spousal support and property division
  • Understand different scenarios for separating partners with and without children
  • Understand the complexities involved for separating partners when the law is “grey”

Who Should Take this Course

Experienced mediators and advanced mediation students interested in working in the separation and divorce field.

Course Requirements

ADRIA membership is required to take ADRIA courses and to register into our Program Certificates.

Full attendance for all classes is mandatory.

It is not necessary to take the modules in order, but it is recommended if you are applying for the Program Certificate.

Full course attendance of all three modules is required to qualify for the Certificate in Separation and Divorce Mediation.

Course Fees

The fee for this course is $800 plus GST.

Course Materials

All materials are provided in class or online.

Learning Format

This course includes lectures, personal reflection, and group discussion. Emphasis is placed on practicing skills and role-playing in small groups, each provided with a coach to guide the exercises and give feedback. Some homework is required.


This course is two full days.

Class times: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Attendance for both days is mandatory.


This course is four half-day sessions over two weeks. 

Week 1: 2 sessions (two consecutive days)

Week 2: 2 sessions (two consecutive days)

Class times:

The first session each week is 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

The second session each week is 8:30 am - 12:30 pm to accommodate role-plays.

Attendance for all sessions is mandatory.

Program Certificate Credits

This course is a required course for the Program Certificate in Separation and Divorce Mediation. It also qualifies for 14 credit hours as an Elective Course for the Program Certificate in Conflict Leadership.

ADR Designation Qualification

This course qualifies as 14 hours of specialized ADR training towards the Qualified Mediator (Q.Med) and Chartered Mediator (C.Med) professional designations.

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Edmonton, AB T6K 3L6

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