RECENT ARTICLES

Canada's Update to its Divorce Act

Canada’s Updated Divorce Act focuses on the Best Interest of Children

Recently Canada updated its Divorce Act to focus more on issues of parenting and child and spousal support. Instead of an interpretation which gives “parent’s rights to their children”, the new legislation puts the focus on “the roles and responsibilities of the parents to their children”.  Under this act, the primary consideration is the child’s well-being. It includes their physical, emotional, and psychological safety, security, and stability.  Additionally, each spouse must agree to a relationship with the other spouse that supports all the above. The Act moves the divorce process away from an adversarial process and puts more focus on

Read More »
Moving On and Starting Over in the Spring Post-Divorce

Moving On and Starting Over in the Spring Post-Divorce

Divorce can be one of the hardest experiences you go through in your lifetime. However, it also marks the start of a new beginning for you with a limitless number of possibilities. There is absolutely no better season to take advantage of this new chapter in your life than the Spring, the season of rebirth. Winter is often long and dreary and can make things feel even worse than they actually are. But Spring offers a fresh start; as things begin to thaw and the sun sprouts, you are left feeling refreshed and invigorated. Bring this energy into your life

Read More »
Mediation -Not just for Divorce

Mediation -Not just for Divorce

Mediation -Not just for Divorce Did you know that mediation is not just for the issues of divorce? There are many more issues that can be successfully negotiated with mediation. Mediation works well for estate planning and settlement, pre-nuptial agreements, landlord tenant disputes, small business negotiations and sales, even more. How does it work? A solution that both parties can accept is often reached when a neutral third party helps each of the involved parties to communicate the issues in a nonconfrontational or judgmental way. The mediator acts as that neutral third party and leads disputants to reach their own

Read More »

SERVING IN THE MILITARY? LET MEDIATION RESOLVE YOUR DIVORCE ISSUES

Whether deployed or not, every military couple faces a number of challenges that usually have a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. These challenges can often turn into serious divorce problems that have the full potential to make the situation even worse. The divorce procedure is likely to be a little more problematic for you in case you or your partner serve in the military. It involves numerous rules that govern the basic activities, including the decision regarding where you can file the divorce, calculation of spousal and child support and pensions, determination of child custody, and division

Read More »

NEED SAN DIEGO DIVORCE MEDIATION HELP

Divorce ranks among the most stressful and traumatic experiences in life. When a divorcing couple can’t see eye-to-eye on basic issues, small disagreements can escalate into unmanageable disputes. Yet, it is possible to dissolve a marriage without tearing one another apart. There is no better way for spouses to mutually direct the outcome of their divorce than to engage a mediator to facilitate their negotiations. A well-mediated divorce can leave each party satisfied with the terms and poised for a healthier future. Moreover, mediation can be a much less expensive way to handle proceedings than lengthy dialogue and time in

Read More »

CONTESTED PROPERTY DIVISION IN DIVORCE: SOME TECHNIQUES

Divorce, even collaborative or “amicable” divorces, is never easy.  The dissolution of shared, intertwined lives is more complex than people realize, and this is never more obvious than when the time comes to divide property between spouses.  Suddenly, objects no one has thought of in years become incredibly valuable, and often, competition and passive-aggressiveness turn what should be a simple negotiation into a lengthy and combative process.  While this is most common when the property in question is valuable, it occurs just as often with items of sentimental value. Combative attitudes regarding property division can quickly derail a mediation or

Read More »