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Shuttle Mediation: Some Benefits and Pitfalls (Part 2: The Pitfalls)

As a mediator, helping parties navigate discussions toward settlement involves creating an adaptive process that supports that agenda. The use of shuttle mediation comes with benefits and some possible pitfalls! It is up to a mediator to determine when (timing and circumstances) to deploy shuttle mediation. In part 2 of this two-part series, we will now explore The Pitfalls: Although …
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Shuttle Mediation: Some Benefits and Pitfalls (Part 1: The Benefits)

As a mediator, helping parties navigate discussions toward settlement involves creating an adaptive process that supports that agenda. The use of shuttle mediation comes with benefits and some possible pitfalls! It is up to a mediator to determine when (timing and circumstances) to deploy shuttle mediation. In part 1 of this two-part series, we first explore The Benefits: Shuttle mediation …
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We Do Child’s Voice Reports!

Did you know that Hilary Linton, Avagene Skervin, Lindsay Kertland and Borzou Tabrizi are all trained to interview children? We are strong believers in child-inclusive mediation and parenting coordination. Why? Because interviewing children makes us better at what we do. In our practice as mediators, parenting coordinators and arbitrators, we keep the views and preferences of the child in focus …
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Family Dispute Resolution: Process and Practice (2024) Book Review by Hilary Linton

This book review was originally published by SLAW on May 6, 2024.   Family Dispute Resolution: Process and Practice, just published by Oxford University Press, is THE book that family dispute resolution (FDR) practitioners and educators have been waiting for. Edited by Peter Salem and Kelly Browe Olson, this book delivers the goods like no other— all 600+ pages of …
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What Interpersonal Skills Do Family Arbitrators Need to Cultivate?

The ability to control the process in a manner that fosters professional respect among all involved, to communicate effectively and to empower others to do so is crucial in family arbitration. More so even in parenting coordination. As important as it is to know and correctly apply the law, having effective communication and procedural skills is as, if not more, …
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What Administrative Skills do Family Arbitrators and Parenting Coordinators Need?

The ability to organize and conduct the practice of family arbitration in an efficient and effective manner goes a long way towards maintaining a successful practice. Having strong and standard operational protocols, good organizational habits and technological competencies should be part of every course in family arbitration. We cover these topics and more in the first module of our 40-hour …
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Getting Your Family Arbitration and Parenting Coordination Agreements Right

Ontario parenting coordinators (PCs) and family arbitrators want to ensure that their process agreements meet the requirements of the Arbitration Act, the Regulation under it that governs family law adjudication and the Family Law Act. How can they do that? Although not required by Regulation, it is recommended that anyone who is providing private family law adjudication be trained in …
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Screening for Intimate Partner Violence and Power Imbalances in Parenting Coordination and Family Arbitration

Screening for family violence and power imbalances is not only required by the Regulation under the Arbitration Act, it is also the best way for family arbitrators and parenting coordinators to get to know what clients need from them. To maintain their basic competencies, every parenting coordinator and family arbitrator should: stay compliant with Ministry of Attorney General training requirements …
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