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 we pass the two year […]

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 many of my referrals have […]

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 some families more than others. […]

February 11, 2021

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How to choose a Divorce Mediator

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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 making the decision to hire […]

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 legally binding separation agreement and […]

June 3, 2020

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What Online Mediation Looks Like

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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 well as who else might […]

April 3, 2020

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Four Ways to Sidestep Conflict and Enjoy your Turkey

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If the thought of enduring a meal—let alone an entire weekend—with your family or in-laws has you tensing up then you might want to keep reading. While I have previously written about how to manage conflict and I make a living off helping people do this, the irony is not lost on me that I […]

October 2, 2018

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WorkPeace: Get Curious

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If you work in Human Resources or manage employees then you will no doubt be involved with resolving conflict at your workplace. A common reaction for most people called on to help resolve conflict at work is avoidance. After indulging in some panic or avoidance, I suggest getting curious. Get curious by asking the right people […]

April 25, 2018

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It Ain’t My Fault: How Best to Manage Workplace Conflict

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Sean and Jason* have worked together for years. More often than not, they’ve worked at the same level in the company, though in recent years Sean has reported to Jason. It’s not unusual for them to have their differences, and the HR manager knows more than she would like to about their dynamic. But then […]

April 25, 2018

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Eat, Drink & Remarry: How to Get a Divorce Worth Celebrating

I was watching the news recently when a segment came on about a California couple who co-hosted a Divorce Party. Now this had my attention! A divorce party hosted jointly by the people getting divorced?! The former spouse has definitely not attended the divorce parties I have heard about. The couple had been married for […]

April 21, 2017

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