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Myth: Collaborative Family Law Doesn’t Promote My Rights

“I’ve heard that collaborative family law doesn’t promote my family law rights – is that true?” NO! That could not be further from the truth. In fact, the collaborative process can often do a better…

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The first choice you make when beginning a divorce: which door will you choose?

Let’s make a deal! Separating spouses start with a choice between two doors: Door Number One: Agree to Disagree Behind door number one is a courtroom and if you can afford it, a litigation lawyer….

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Transparency and Cooperation Between Lawyers in the Collaborative Process

The adversarial model is the model on which Ontario’s legal system is based and remains the model taught in Law schools to this day. It centers around two parties opposing each other. Opposing values. Opposing…

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A Team Approach Brings Creativity to Divorce Finances (with a case study)

No two families are the same — and no two families have the same financial situation. This is why any kind of one-size-fits-all approach to divorce is destined to have difficulties. For those who choose…

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What can actually happen when you go to court for a divorce: a cautionary tale

There’s a reason that I practice Collaborative Divorce. In fact, there are many. Along with things like my own personal and professional well-being, I truly believe that keeping a family out of court and retaining…

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A Collaborative Divorce May Provide Psychological Safety in Cases with Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence

In cases with domestic violence (DV), also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), there are considerable benefits to choosing this out-of-court legal method. A Collaborative Team with DV/IPV Training A Collaborative Process is viewed as…

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Planning for your children’s future after Divorce

Finances and the well-being of your children are two of the most common concerns during a divorce. Add these two together and you have something to really keep you up at night. Will we be…

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Rebuilding Personal Finances After a Grey Divorce

It is true that it’s difficult to rebuild your finances after a divorce, but that shouldn’t be a compelling enough reason to stay together. As with a lot of things, knowledge is power and when…

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Case a wakeup call in dealing with difficult clients

The facts of Capone v. Fotak 2021 ONSC 7992 provide an opportunity to review our role as legal advisers, how to deal with impaired instructions and alternatives to court. Read the full article here.

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Tips for sharing the holidays when you’re separated or divorced

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for many, they can be filled with sadness and loss as families transition through separation and divorce. Maybe this year marks the…

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Income Assessment in the Gig Economy

Collaborative Lawyer Natalie Boutet for the Law Times A rise in the gig economy, as a result of the pandemic, has been making things like child and spousal support tricky during a divorce. As many…

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What is the role of a Collaborative Family Professional?

Q&A with Collaborative Divorce Toronto Member Brynie Lacob When a couple separates, oftentimes, they believe that they each need to get a lawyer and fight it out in court. It will be ugly. It will…

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