Judge Says Treat High Conflict Parents Like Children

In an earlier blog post, I made reference to a November 2016 decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Pazaratz and his denunciation of the parties’ practice of videoing each other with the child.  In re-reading the Reasons in the Whidden and Ellwood case, I discovered commentary by Justice Pazaratz on a wealth of other relevant …

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Stopping Cellphone Videoing in Custody Cases

Cellphone videos and photos have become an epidemic in family law cases.  Almost every client who comes in the door wants to show me a video of his or her spouse behaving badly.  This is particularly so in custody cases.  One parent videos (often surreptitiously) the other parent’s interactions with the child, in the hopes …

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Inter-Disciplinary Magic

Last week, I attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario Chapter) conference. It was inspiring and enjoyable to spend time with professionals all of whom work with families going through separation and divorce. There were lawyers and social workers and psychologists and judges. There were individual speakers on topics ranging from challenging clients …

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Are you ready for the summer? Overnight Camp and Divorce

So, school is almost out. My son finishes today at noon. He is one of the many kids counting down the days until he leaves for overnight camp – a countdown that began in September. If you are separated or divorced, here are a few pointers on how to make it easier for your son …

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Neutralizing conflict through parenting co-ordination

Parenting co-ordination easing the pain of separation Parents trying to iron out the details of high-conflict separations should communicate like business partners, says family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber. “It’s like running the business of the family,” says Shuber, a partner with Basman Smith LLP. “Would you send screaming, swearing emails to your business partner? No. You’d send …

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Helping Families Craft Lasting Solutions as a Certified Family Mediator

Getting into Family Law and Helping Families I have obtained my mediation accreditation from the Ontario Association for Family Mediation.  I am now a certified comprehensive family mediator.  I can mediate any family law issues, including all property, support and parenting matters. In a nutshell, mediation is a voluntary process where both sides (and their counsel, if represented) work …

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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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