Category Archives: Separation & Divorce

Cohabitating After Separation and Nesting: Considerations for High Conflict Co-Parents

Deciding to separate is just the first of many difficult decisions facing co-parents. Once it is evident that the relationship is over, questions about the future and the family begin to present themselves, and they present themselves fast and furious. Questions such as -where will the children live? Where will I live? Who if anyone is staying in the home? …
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New Child Support Calculation Service

A new service for determining and adjusting child support for cooperative parents has been set up by the Ontario government. Under the new service, which launched April 4, either parent may apply online to use the service. The goal is to give parents who can cooperate with each other  an accessible and affordable way to establish and adjust child support …
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Practical, Ethical Guidelines for Comprehensive Family Mediation: Part 4

In this part 4 of this blog series, Hilary sets out four practical ethical “rules” which should be considered in mediation practice Four suggestions Given the unique vulnerability of family mediation clients, and taking what exists already in the form of codes of conduct for family mediators, the following is a set of practical ethical “rules” which should, in my view, be the minimum …
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Ontario’s Mediation & Information Services for Separating Couples a Success

Recent statistics show that the most frequent users of Ontario’s free Family Law Information Centres are lawyers, and that the public who uses these free information services and free or subsidized information and mediation services are highly satisfied with them. _______________________ In Ontario, everyone who starts or receives a family court application must attend a MIP. (Mandatory Information Program). Statistics …
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Guest Post: Kids, Divorce and School Success: Keeping the Communication Open

As we all know, the stress of divorce can affect a child’s academic performance as well as all other areas of school-life success. However, parents who have been divorced for some time, as well as a variety of experts and educators, say that with good communication, effective organization and shared awareness of their child’s needs, parents can smooth the path …
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What is Family Law Dispute Resolution? (Infographic)

Alternative dispute resolution is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families going through separation and divorce. But what is it, exactly, that distinguishes family law dispute resolution from traditional family law processes? Before settling on a process option for yourself or your client, you will want to consider the elements of all good family law dispute resolution processes. For this …
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Self represented litigants: Mediation: Is there hope?

The National Self Represented Litigants Project just published an “Open Letter to the Canadian Judiciary”. It is a thoughtful and important read. The self-representing writers plead for greater understanding of their plight, and for more tolerance, compassion and assistance. This letter serves as a reminder that there are some under-utilized services to help those who cannot afford lawyers. Anyone in …
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Free Resources: Tax Consequences of Separation and Divorce

They say that two things in life are inevitable: death… and taxes. Filing your taxes is seldom a straightforward process, and couples going through separation and divorce face potentially complex tax implications. The Canadian Bar Association Family Law Section has released a helpful, free resource for those navigating this difficult time. Tax Matters Toolkit: Separation and Divorce is a quick …
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