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
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?
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?!
We know that toxic stress and chronic conflict negatively impacts kids’ development. When you are separated and need to deal with facilitating a parenting schedule and exchanging kids, stress and conflict can occur especially at the point of the exchange. Here are some tips to reduce conflict during exchanges and improve kids’ experiences of transition … Continue reading How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?
Once your kids are 16 years old, they may apply for their passport without requiring their parents’ signatures. Until that age, though, both parents’ consent are usually required – this consent comes in the form of a signature on the application form. If you have a Separation Agreement or a Court Order for “joint custody”, … Continue reading If I’m Divorced, Do I Need My Ex’s Consent to Apply for My Kids’ Passport?