Advocating for balanced & peaceful solutions since 1988.
Mediation is an attractive alternative to the court process where more often than not, there is one "winner" and one "loser." Court proceedings are expensive, time consuming and the results are often very unpredictable.
Through the mediation process, people in conflict can resolve disputes themselves with the assistance of someone who is completely neutral. Parties structure their own settlement in a way that allows both of them to achieve what is important to them.
In order to help you better understand how a seemingly unsolvable conflict can be addressed in a timely, non-aggressive, creative and cost effective way. I have set out a description of both the types of issues that may be resolved through mediation as well as how the process works at a practical level.
This workshop will focus on how each family dispute resolution process works, the role of parents, lawyers and the family dispute resolution professional in each process and when each process may be most appropriate and cost-effective.
All parents should consider including in their Parenting Plan provisions relating to their child’s travel
How our words impact children is worthy of consideration.
The amendments to the Divorce Act, most of which are scheduled to come into force on July 1st, 2020, will replace the current “rights-based” terminology (“custody” and “access”) with more inclusive and child-focused language.
Most parents know what parenting arrangement is best for their children, even if they struggle initially with decisions about how much time the children should spend in each parent’s care…..
Separated parents who experience chronic conflict in their relationship often feel caught in a vortex from which there is no escape…
Being screened for domestic violence, power imbalances and capacity to participate in process is an important component of mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination.
Although many people use the terms “matrimonial home” and “family home” interchangeably, they are not in fact the same. In Ontario, a matrimonial home is given special status because it is usually the most valuable asset that a family owns and because it is the heart of where family life unfolds.
The financial cost to families of long-term, post-separation conflict can be devastating and often directly impacts three generations. Some people never recover from the debt that they incur, often finding themselves having to work well beyond what they ever imagined would be their retirement date.
I believe that Family Court Judges should be required to consider children’s individual special needs before making parenting orders.
More than 40% of marriages and common-law relationships end in separation. As a result, a significant number of children divide their time between two homes.
Areas of Practice
Parenting co-ordination is appropriate for parents who have experienced significant conflict over a period of at least one or two years and who continue to experience conflict which prevents them from making important and necessary decisions for the benefit of their children.