The issue of where a child should live following a divorce or separation is a common one. Parents constantly tell me that their child is telling them which parent they want to live with. The question often becomes how to ensure that the child’s voice is heard and given proper attention, without allowing them to … Continue reading When Can A Child Legally Decide Where They Want to Live?
There is a huge segment of Canadians who cannot afford to hire a lawyer when faced with a legal issue, but who do not qualify for Legal Aid. These individuals are often faced with only two options: borrow money from friends and family (if this option is even available) or represent themselves. For … Continue reading Legal Coaching 101
I have had many clients going through high-conflict separations ask me whether they can legally record conversations between themselves and their spouse. Most people assume it is illegal to do so but this is incorrect. You CAN legally record a conversation between you and someone else. Why would you want to do … Continue reading The Legality of Recording Conversations
Divorce and separation can be a very stressful time for parents, and for children. It is normal for children to feel grief over the loss of the family unit – this can be exacerbated when there is a high level of parental conflict. In situations of extreme conflict, children can suffer a variety of negative … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces
In the last issue, we discussed the importance of including a child’s voice in custody and access disputes. In this issue, we will discuss some of the potential ways that this can occur. Generally, a judge will not allow a child to testify in court or to swear an affidavit, however, there is technically no … Continue reading The Child’s Voice in Legal Proceedings – Part 2
The short answer to this question is yes! Children who are the subjects of family law proceedings can have their own lawyers. The purpose of hiring a lawyer for a child is to give that child a voice in the proceedings. Most judges will not interview children or allow them to testify in … Continue reading Wait….. My kids Can Have a Lawyer too?!
Yes, you read that title correctly. Sesame Street and Divorce in the same sentence. I’m not referring to an adult version of Sesame Street where Bert and Ernie separate and divide property, etc. Instead, I’m talking about resources created by Sesame Street to help children of separating parents. Parents frequently tell me they don’t … Continue reading Sesame Street and Divorce
If you hang around courtrooms or like to read about the latest in mental health and parenting, you may have heard the term ‘pathogenic parenting’. But what does it mean? You’ve likely heard the term ‘parental alienation’ which refers to the situation where one parent alienates (or negatively influences) the child towards the … Continue reading ‘Pathogenic Parenting’ – What is it?
Do you have any upcoming court date? If so, you may be experiencing some anxiety because you don’t know what to say or do, or how to conduct yourself in court. If you have a lawyer, it will be your lawyer’s job to speak to the judge and present your case (this applies … Continue reading I Have to Go to Court and Don’t Know What to Expect
I cannot say how many times a client has told me they paid the opposing party using cash. In family law scenarios, this can lead to a huge can of worms. Where both parties get along and acknowledge the cash payments, there’s no issue. On the flip side, where the parties don’t always see … Continue reading Support Payments – MAKE THEM TRACEABLE!!