Why I Mediate

People often ask me why I believe in mediation. Why I mediate. I believe in mediation because, in many cases, it is a superior process to litigation and results in better outcomes for individuals and families. Self-Determination Couples going through a separation often feel powerless. Circumstances in their personal lives have gotten to the point …

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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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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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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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Arbitration: Pros and Cons

Today it is becoming more popular for families to choose arbitration as a viable alternative to contested litigation when resolving spousal disputes. This trend is due in part to the fact that many Canadian lawyers are choosing to include arbitration clauses in separation agreements. You may be wondering if this is something you should consider? …

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How to Avoid Common Impediments to Settlement

Generally, settlement is the best the way to address problems associated with the breakdown of a marriage. When parties can agree on the terms of their separation through mediation or other means, the result is that they avoid having to go to court. Parties who successfully negotiate a fair settlement enjoy the resulting workable agreement …

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