Tag Archives: Children

Discover Deborah Alton: Marriage & Family Therapist

We all know about lawyers being involved in the divorce process, but what about other professionals? Family professionals are often used in the collaborative practice process and may assist parties through their separation, both inside and outside of Court. Livia Jozsa, lawyer with Galbraith Family Law in Barrie sits down with Deborah Alton to ask … Continue Reading

How to Spot Signs of Parental Alienation in Your Family

Parental Alienation is harmful to children. The negative impact of alienation may include depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem, self-hatred, guilt, poor interpersonal relationships, distorted view of reality, and self-doubt. Most of my clients don’t realize how harmful it is to the child’s development to try to separate the child from the other parent during your … Continue Reading

My Ex is Sneaky about Finances – What Should I Do?

I’m surprised at the number of married clients who tell me they either haven’t been involved in the family finances, or they don’t know what their spouse owns.  In many of these cases, their partner was secretive, or dismissive or evasive when faced with questions about the family, the business or their own finances. Money … Continue Reading

Private Child’s Lawyer for Your Divorce

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) is a government agency that represents children in custody and access proceedings. A judge cannot order that the OCL act for a child but simply can “request” that it do so. The government agency has the discretion to, • decide whether to have a child’s lawyer appointed; • … Continue Reading

The Emotional Journey of Separation and Divorce

If you are in the process of separating, I know you have that friend. That already divorced friend – the one that is telling you it gets worse before it gets better.  The one that says it’s a process. Your friend is right.  Don’t discount what they’re saying.  There is lots of literature on the … Continue Reading

Your Child’s Voice In Your Separation and Divorce

Do you want your child to be heard in your separation/divorce? Are you in mediation and want your child to have a say in the parenting plan? Are you in the midst of court proceedings and were turned down by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer? Has your lawyer recommended an assessment that you both … Continue Reading

CLEO’s Steps to a Family Law Case

Here is a new tool for family law clients. It is an interesting flow chart that explains the various processes for resolution of family law issues. Unfortunately, it gives very little space to Collaborative Practice  and ignores the interdisciplinary nature of the process but it details the court process well. I think you’ll enjoy it! … Continue Reading

Timely Cost Effective Resolution of Family Law Matters

Do you want your family law issues resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner? Who doesn’t?  Everyone wants to get the door closed on their past and move forward with their new life. We get it. At Galbraith Family Law, we are dedicated to the resolution of family law matters in a timely and cost … Continue Reading

A Parents’ Guide to Children and Divorce

Source   http://www.bestmastersincounseling.com/children-and-divorce/   A Parents’ Guide to Children and Divorce Divorce is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can go through, whether they’re a spouse or a child of divorcing parents. Let’s look at some of the facts behind divorce and its effects on children, including how parents can help ensure their … Continue Reading

Complaints Against The Children’s Aid Society

Nobody listens to me! If my grandchild needs protection, why won’t the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (the Society) do something? The biological mother and father hold greater rights than grandparents in child protection laws or custody/access disputes.  As a grandparent, (unless you also qualify as a parent) you are entitled to be informed … Continue Reading

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

Kids and Divorce

You may have come to the point where you admit to yourself that your marriage is over. You haven’t admitted it to anyone else because you were trying to make it work for the sake of your kids. But despite your best efforts to make the marriage work, the conflict between you is unbearable. So, … Continue Reading

Reducing Family Conflict

 “We don’t agree on much, but we want to protect the kids” Does this sound familiar?  Parental conflict in a family may be high whether you’re separating, living separate and apart under the same roof, or working through conflict as a married couple.  And it comes as no surprise to you that the emotional health and well-being of … Continue Reading

How To Reduce Stress for Children of Divorce

Daily structure and routine can help your children feel more secure. Children often find school stressful.  Add to that the anxiety and worries of a recent separation and it can be a very difficult time for children.  Giving your children a solid foundation of daily activities can help alleviate stress, anxiety and help with the … Continue Reading

Children and Divorce – How You Can Help Your Child Adjust

A child of divorce writes on how to help your child during divorce. What better source? Thanks to Melissa Farrell a freelance writer who lives in Kansas for her insights. Speaking as a child of divorce, every situation is different. My parents were high school sweethearts and were together for over 10  years before they decided to … 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

Four Steps to Take with Your Child After Divorce

Helping your children adjust after your divorce is essential. Heather Smith offers excellent advice on what you should do to help you child after the dust settles.   Here is Heather’s blog:     4 Steps to Take with Your Child After Divorce You have sat your child down and given the dreaded speech that you … 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

Kids in Divorce. What Do They Need?

              Here is a link to a fantastic set of articles about children and divorce. It includes the following: What children of divorce need Age level reactions to loss 10 Commandments of Divorce Steps for Recreating a Strong Single Parent Family Four Types of Parental Relationships Post-Divorce Plus more…..  It … Continue Reading
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