Category Archives: Mediation

I have heard about “mediation” for resolving family disputes – can you explain it?

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 identify and … Continue reading I have heard about “mediation” for resolving family disputes – can you explain it?

Divorcing This Year? Consider Your Options

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 can be … Continue reading Divorcing This Year? Consider Your Options

The Role of Lawyers in Family Mediation

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

How do I make a “parenting schedule” with my ex when dealing with oilfield hours?

Many separating and divorcing families in our area face this problem of trying to create a schedule to spend time with their kids, but face the challenge of the unreliability of their work hours in the oilfield service industry.  How can this be overcome? I like to re-define the phrase “parenting schedule” when we’re talking … Continue reading How do I make a “parenting schedule” with my ex when dealing with oilfield hours?

Huff Post Canada – Family Mediation: The Best Practice For Parents And Their Children When The Marriage Is Over

Link to Article June 20, 2011 – Howard H. Irving, PhD. writes about the devastation he sees amongst children of divorce when parents decide to use the adversarial system to resolve their marriage disputes.   He acknowledges that the first instinct is for parents to lay blame and find fault with the other, but that when … Continue reading Huff Post Canada – Family Mediation: The Best Practice For Parents And Their Children When The Marriage Is Over

Collaborative Divorce & Family Mediation

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 Family Law … Continue reading Collaborative Divorce & Family Mediation

Reducing the effects of conflict on children in high conflict divorces

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

Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?

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 finalize 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 issues resolved … Continue reading Must I go to Court to Get a Divorce?

How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our 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 – if … Continue reading How Do I Break the News To My Kids About Our Divorce?