Category Archives: Parenting Coordination

Risks of Lawyers Screening their own Clients under the Arbitration Act Reg.

Family lawyers who screen their own clients for power imbalances and family violence under the Ontario Arbirtation Act Reg. face certain risks. MORE

Coach your Client to be a Better Negotiator: Tips for Negotiating Effectively

ADR professionals are, by definition, skilled negotiators. What attitudes, skills, and strategies do we already have to help coach our clients to achieve the best possible outcomes? 10 Coaching Tips for Clients   1. Our clients all come to us from a place of fear. They fear loss: of what they want or need, of a relationship, of control, or of …

Children’s Interviews in the Parenting Coordination Process

Though parents are ultimately the decision makers, and the children do not have the same decision-making authority, parents decisions can be informed by the children’s wishes. originally posted July 2015 ________________ Interviewing children in the parenting coordination process is often a great way of gaining information. This can be invaluable when working with parents that present with very different opinions …

Recognizing Moments of Successful Co-parenting

Providing hope and a realistic vision is as important as developing a roadmap for parents that they can follow towards achieving their final destination. originally published August 15 2015 Like any intervention Parenting Coordination ultimately seeks to create change. In this case it is change in the toxic co-parental dynamic. As such, the end goal of the Parenting Coordination process is …

Explore Your Options in Dispute Resolution

With so many options, how does one choose the best dispute resolution process? This blog series will attempt to identify and define as many of the options as possible. This week’s focus will be on the Do-it-Yourself  option. The “SRL” (self-represented litigant) movement has grown in the past years, largely due to the growing sense that the legal system, and …

Transforming Family Law: Legal Education and Transgender Parents

  FDRIO’s recent Unconference on May 4th introduced legal professionals to the perspective of LGBTQ+ parents in family law. Guest speakers touched on struggles faced by LGBTQ+ families in family law, including; fertility and what that means for coordinating parent access, child custody and parent decision making. With transgender parents, one or both parents might not be biologically connected to the …

Mediate 393 on “Voces Latinas” Radio in Toronto

On January 29, 2016, I went ‘live on-air’ on Voces Latinas, a Spanish radio talk show in Toronto to talk about Mediate393 and what it is like being a roster mediator. I began the show by providing information about Mediate393 and the services offered by our team of roster mediators. The mediators at Mediate393 are comprised of mental health professionals …

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? …