Collaborative Family Law is an ADR process by which the parties work together to resolve their legal issues outside of the courtroom with the assistance of their registered Collaborative lawyers and other team members. After an initial consultation and preparatory meeting with their own respective lawyers, clients will then meet together in a series of face-to-face 4-way meetings with their Collaborative lawyers.Read More
As our society becomes increasingly more mobile, the likelihood of parents residing in the same geographic region for the entirety of their children’s lives significantly diminishes. Some parents may desire to relocate for a number of reasons including better employment opportunities, a new relationship, or closer proximity to the child’s extended family.Read More
In recent years, common-law relationships have become increasingly more prevalent, with a greater number of committed spouses choosing to simply cohabitate rather than get married. However, a vast majority of the population remains uninformed with respect to the legal differences between common-law relationships and marriages.Read More
Litigation and the court system are inherently adversarial; inevitably, there is a “winner” and “loser”, leading to further tension and strain on relationships. Mediation, on the other hand, may reduce future conflict between parties by improving communication and problem-solving skills. This is particularly important when children are involvedRead More
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which an impartial, neutral third party (the mediator) helps parties reach a negotiated settlement. Put simply, it is a way to resolve disputes outside of the court system. Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator does not impose solutions on the parties involved, but rather, merely facilitates conversation between the participants. Ultimately the decision making rests with the parties themselves.Read More
In recent years, January has been nicknamed “Divorce Month” in legal circles. According to an article on CHCH-TV website, experts say there are 25% more divorces started in that month than any other. Why is it this month is more popular than any other?
Not too long ago, a mediator called me to ask if I would be open to a referral from her. She had a matrimonial client who had reached a mediated agreement with a spouse and was looking for a lawyer to help finalize that agreement. “Not very many lawyers will take on work from a mediator,” she stated. I cannot comment on whether or not family law lawyers are reluctant to work with mediators or mediated agreements. However, I do know why I really do appreciate referrals from mediators.Read More