When families meet with me and wish to use Mediation to resolve their issues relating to their separation and divorce, they often ask whether they need to have a lawyer as well, or if I can finalise everything (being that I am a lawyer and a mediator). Often clients want to use mediation instead of … Continue reading The Role of Lawyers in Family Mediation
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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
Would you consider yourself and your ex-partner (co-parent) to be high conflict? There are many ways that you can make your co-parenting experience more tolerable, for the sake of your kids: Use a Communication App – there are many apps (free and paid) by which you and your ex can communicate. The most robust … Continue reading 4 Tips for High Conflict Divorced or Separated Co-Parents
Have you and your ex decided to use Mediation to resolve your post-separation issues? This process is designed to help you and your ex to work together rather than as adversaries from the very start of your negotiations. The following are some key questions you may want to ask yourself before the process begins: … Continue reading 5 Questions to Prepare for Divorce Mediation
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
People often ask why they need to come in for an initial consultation. They just have a question that will take “30 seconds” of my time to answer. I often hear frustration on the other end of the phone when they are advised that they need to come in for a consultation to … Continue reading The importance of an initial consultation
When you get divorced, your spousal relationship ends but your parental relationship will continue forever. Once the dust settles after you have finalized your parenting plan, you will likely be required to interact with your ex because of the children more than you would have thought. For the kids’ sake, try to be a good … Continue reading How Can I Be a Successful Co-Parent?
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?