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
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 … Continue reading How do I improve transitions for kids between two homes?
Similar to the collaborative process which I introduced last month, mediation is a process which can also have tremendous positive effects on families going through separation and divorce. Family Mediation is a safe and neutral environment in which families can resolve their disputes. A neutral mediator facilitates the parties’ discussions, encouraging them to … Continue reading I have heard about “mediation” for resolving family disputes – can you explain it?
Stephanie L. Dobson assists families to move beyond conflict during their separation or divorce in a civilized, respectful, and cost effective manner which puts children and relationships first. Stephanie is formally trained in, and actively promotes, Collaborative Family Law and Family Mediation as valuable ways to resolve family disputes while avoiding court. Collaborative … Continue reading Collaborative Divorce & Family Mediation
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 … Continue reading 5 Questions to Prepare for Divorce Mediation
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 … Continue reading Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces
The simple answer is yes… but maybe not in the way that you think. You must file court papers, and have a judge sign off to finalise your divorce. However, you are not required to fight everything out in court to settle your affairs. There are many options available to have your divorce … Continue reading Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?
It is going to be difficult to tell your kids that their parents are divorcing. How you tell them, and how you help them deal with their emotions in the aftermath of breaking the news is very important to consider. Here are some tips on breaking the news: Show that you are unified … Continue reading How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?
Before you get too far into your thinking of what solutions you want as far as your post-separation life, you should figure out how you want to get divorced. There are 3 common approaches you can use. At the very least, I recommend that you become informed about these process choices so you … Continue reading Divorcing This Year? Consider Your Options
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 … Continue reading The Role of Lawyers in Family Mediation