Tag Archives: collaborative

Separation Agreements – An Investment In Yourself

It is no secret to anyone involved in the legal industry that family court is an expensive method to resolve the issues arising from separation. Frankly, it can hemorrhage a family financially.  One way to avoid huge court costs is to engage in the negotiation of a separation agreement.  This enables you to keep your … Continue Reading

The “Roll” of RRSP’s in Your Separation and Divorce

Registered Retirement Savings Plans are the main savings vehicle for many Canadians, especially those who don’t have a pension through their employment. As a result, upon separation and divorce, RRSP’s are part of the property settlement.  Our guest blog this week is  by Sandra Ramos, a well known financial advisor in Barrie, Ontario.  She has great … Continue Reading

Helping Children Deal with Divorce

I have four children and my wife is pregnant. Children are the focus of our lives. The first three are from my first marriage. I remember feeling very worried about how they would do when we separated. I did some research at the time and did my best to make it work for them. I can … Continue Reading

Divorce – What is the First Step?

Separation and Divorce: These are ugly words. They conjure up feelings of pain, disappointment, fear, and uncertainty. What is the first step? How do I get through this?  I remember when I went through my own divorce (yes, divorce lawyers sometimes get divorced too) how stressful it was for me. I feared the impact it … Continue Reading

Forensic Accounting and Divorce

The role of a Forensic Accountant in a divorce is not well known. Erin Palmer offers great insights into this valuable professional who can help uncover hidden assets or income of a deceptive spouse. Here is Erin’s blog:  All’s Fair in Love and War, Except in Divorce – That’s What Forensic Accountants Are For You … Continue Reading

Ontario Collaborative Law Federation Conference 2012

The 2012 OCLF Conference will be held in Horseshoe Resort in Simcoe County, just north of Barrie on September 26, 27, 28, 2012.  I will be chairing it along with Sue Cook and Jackie Ramler. We have formed sub-committees with volunteers from throughout Ontaro.  The theme is "Building High Performance Teams".  The Ontario Collaborative Law … Continue Reading

Surviving Holidays Without Your Children

Suchada, also known as Mama Eve, did an excellent blog  about what to do when you don’t have your children for the holidays, especially for the first time. She is honest, insightful and offers hope about how to cope without your children.  Divorce sucks. You have a choice how you respond to its challenges. You … Continue Reading

Galbraith Family Law Partners with Starting Over Show

Barrie ON Divorce ‘Expo’ Eases Stress of Breaking Up! “The Starting Over Show,” an event dubbed as Ontario’s first Divorce and Separation Expo is being staged to give separating and newly single people access to the professional services needed to move on with life. Advice, Seminars and Professional Expertise all in one place. This is … Continue Reading

The Story Of Your Divorce: Blue Valentine

If you are separating or divorcing, you have a story to tell. It’s a story that starts with happiness and hopefulness and ends in sadness and separation.  When I separated, I wanted to tell my story but, frankly, it seemed nobody wanted to hear it. My friends and family felt awkward and uncomfortable yet I needed … Continue Reading

“Mandatory Information Program” Comes Too Late

The Attorney General Chris Bentley, pictured on the left, announced that effective July 18, 2011, all new applicants to Family Court in Ontario must attend the Mandatory Information Program. This is a 2 hour program held at courthouses across the province explaining the Family Court process and alternatives. The intention of the program is to … Continue Reading

Why Do I Need To Do A Sworn Financial Statement?

Everyone hates having to do a sworn financial statement. This is a court form used in Ontario to list your assets, debts, income and expenses.  It is long, cumbersome and, frankly, a pain to complete. If your case is in Court in Ontario, you must complete the form. The Rules require you to complete it … Continue Reading

Family Court versus Collaborative Practice: You Choose

Ontario’s Chief Justice Warren Winkler advocates for changes to the family court system to make it more efficient, less adversarial and more cost-effective, according to The Globe and Mail. He suggests that litigants should be diverted to mediation or an alternative process to the traditional adversarial process. While I admire the Chief Justice’s ambition, frankly, … Continue Reading

Keeping Healthy Boundaries While Co-Parenting

Co-parenting after divorce is not easy. It’s like walking a tight rope at first.  You want to be cooperative and communicate well but on the other hand how close is too close with your ex spouse? Karen Buscemi wrote a great blog in the Huffington Post about keeping boundaries with your ex spouse. Karen says there are … Continue Reading

Ten Myths About Separation and Divorce

Myth 1: Divorce is Too Easy I have helped hundreds of families through separation and divorce and can say that none of my clients felt that divorce was "too easy". It is a painful process. Everyone struggles through it – whether the marriage lasted 45 years or two weeks (I have helped clients through both … Continue Reading

Settlement Meetings: Getting Your Divorce Resolved

Do you want to save money and get through your divorce with as little pain (financial and emotional) as possible? Okay… dumb question… everybody does. The challenge is "how?" "Negotiate" is the simple answer but how do you negotiate with someone you don’t trust, respect and can’t communicate well with? Some lucky few are able to negotiate on … Continue Reading