How can you support someone experiencing grief and loss

Grieving is an abstract concept for most of us. We know what it is and that it is important but how to actually do it is less clear. I know that I cannot fully understand someone else’s grief and loss but I do know that having support is critical. As […]

April 11, 2022

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Is your Separation Complicated?

Some couples feel stuck because they are unsure how to move forward in their separation. Other couples feel stuck because they have either a challenging dynamic with their soon to be former spouse or they have complicated finances (or all three). Over the past few years I have noticed that […]

January 21, 2022

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How you Approach a Disagreement Matters

Separation is challenging, going through a separation during a pandemic can be more challenging. If you are like many of the families I have worked with over the last several months you are no doubt managing a considerable level of stress. While the pandemic has impacted everyone, it has impacted […]

February 11, 2021

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How to choose a Divorce Mediator

how to choose a divorce mediator

Mediator fit is really important. Ideally each spouse will have a chance to speak with the mediator before starting the process or scheduling meetings to make sure both spouses are comfortable proceeding. This also gives you the opportunity to get a sense of fit. But what should you consider when […]

June 3, 2020

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Do you have to be a lawyer to draft a Separation Agreement?

Do you need to be a lawyer to draft a separation agreement in canada

The short answer is no. The long answer is important to unpack though. As a Family Mediator (also referred to as Family Law Mediator or Divorce Mediator) I get asked this question a lot. There is a strong narrative suggesting or even stating that only a lawyer can draft a […]

June 3, 2020

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What Online Mediation Looks Like

laptop for online mediation

The good news if you are considering online mediation is that the process will look very similar to the traditional face to face mediation process. Both online and face to face mediations can be tailored to meet your circumstance and the same terms and conditions such as confidentiality apply, as […]

April 3, 2020

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Do you need a Safety Plan?

Separation can be a dangerous time for targets of intimate partner violence. Here is a list of the most common predictors of family violence (in order) [1]: •         history of domestic violence •         actual or pending separation •         the perpetrator was depressed •         obsessive behaviour by the perpetrator •      […]

April 2, 2017

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