How Artificial Intelligence May Impact Alternative Dispute Resolution

We often hear about how artificial intelligence (“AI”) is being used to transform various industries, such as how we drive cars and how we communicate with one another. One area that people may not have thought lent itself strongly to the use of AI is alternative dispute resolution. However, a recent article in the Law …

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Failure to Ensure Procedural Fairness in Arbitration is Denial of Natural Justice

An Ontario court recently considered whether or not it should overturn an arbitration award because one of the parties only received notice that mobility was an issue the day before the arbitration commenced.   Background The parties were married in May 2003 and separated in January 2011. They had three children together. In 2013, the …

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Agreements to Arbitrate in Family Law

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently considered the question of when a court may or may not find that an order to arbitrate a family law dispute is enforceable. What Happened? The parties were separated and had been involved in a family law matter since 2014. In August 2016, the parties and their counsel …

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Pleased to Announce….

I am pleased and proud to announce that I have been granted certification as a Certified Specialist in Family Mediation by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.   I am glad to be a member of the FDRIO organization which is working hard to promote excellence and accountability in family mediation. I am trained …

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Family Court is Open to the Public

Canadian Family Court for the Public In Canada, we have an open court system. That is probably obvious from the daily bombardment of information coming out of two sensational Ontario court cases presently under way: the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial and the trial of Tim Bosma’s alleged killers. People might know that criminal proceedings …

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Mediation and Arbitration: Resolve your family law disputes

Resolving family law disputes through mediation and arbitration I am a family law specialist and a partner in the family law group at Basman Smith LLP. People, therefore, seem to know that I represent individual family law clients. What you may not know, however, is that I am also a mediator and arbitrator. In this …

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