How to Get the Most out of Mediation

Guest: Heather Malaryk

Episode Details

Mediation can be an effective and cost-efficient way to resolve disputes. Good preparation can increase the chances of coming to a fair agreement. Heather Malaryk, family lawyer and mediator, shares some tips for folks heading into mediation.

(The episode detail gets going around 7:30)

Guest Bio

Heather Malaryk holds a B.A., Psychology with Distinction (2000) and an L.L.B. (2006). She started her career at Weir Bowen LLP, a general practice law firm that specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury, and insurance litigation. In 2009, Heather shifted her practice to the Family Law Office of Legal Aid Alberta, where she assisted clients in all areas of family law including divorce, property division, spousal support, child support, parenting/custody/access issues, Emergency Protection Orders, and child protection. In 2017, Heather and 4 of her friends and colleagues started Latitude Family Law LLP, where she was a partner until starting Merak Law in 2021, where she continues to practice exclusively family law.

She has appeared at all levels of Alberta courts and has conducted trials, hearings, special chambers, JDRs, and has participated in countless out-of-court negotiations. Her focus is on out-of-court dispute resolution. She looks forward to helping you!



  1. AFMS, Find a Mediator:
  2. Alberta Government, Family Mediation (free family mediation program):
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