Tag Archives: Family

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

Working with a Family Professional: Sue Cook Tell All

Interview with Sue Cook, Owner of Family Therapy and Life Coaching Group 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 … 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

Discussing Your Divorce: Avoiding Dangerous Advice

  There comes a time in our life when you must make decisions based on what lies ahead in your future. The decision could be to pack up and move to another country for a promotion, go back to school, get married, start a family, even file for divorce or separation. These choices are determined … Continue Reading

Limited Scope Retainers and Self-Reps

                        Are Limited Scope Retainers Right for Everyone? You may feel that you have a strong case. Feeling that you have a good case is different than proving that you have a good one. Remember you need to be realistic. I can provide you with a professional … Continue Reading

Living Together: 5 considerations to protect yourself

In Ontario you are usually considered common-law if you’ve lived together for 3 years or as soon as you have a child together. In most Federal laws, a common-law relationship is recognized after 1 year.  If you fall into this category – read on! If you have a child together, and later separate, the same … 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

Smart Divorce Options

Most separations and divorces are stressful and painful. You can choose to make it better or worse by the process you choose to use. The following are your choices.    Collaborative Practice Collaborative Practice is a future-focused, efficient, cost-effective, creative, problem-solving process. It is not about fighting or finding blame. With the help of professionals, … Continue Reading

Divorce Apps: “There’s an app for that!”

Yes, there are apps to help make divorce go more smoothly. Edward Weinstein’s most recent blog introduces some new ones that can help make divorce less stressful and more functional. In addition, I encourage you to use Skype or Google Hangout. These are great ways of doing video conferencing with your children when you can’t see … Continue Reading

5 Mistakes Made in Divorce Proceedings

Today’s guest blogger is writing about the 5 mistakes made by people who are in family court. While the advice is sound, it reinforces to me how undesirable it is to be in Family Court. It really is an awful experience. But, alas, if you are in Family Court, heed the following good advice… or … 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

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

New Pension Legislation in Ontario Effective January 1, 2012

Matthew Krofchuk has written a excellent blog at Divorce Happens Blog regarding the changes to the pension division legislation in Ontario which came into affect January 1, 2012. Matthew is with Krofchick Valuation so knows his stuff.  The biggest impact of the new legislation is that you can now divided Ontario pensions at source if 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

Your First Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzza Since Divorce? Ugh.

Are you dreading Christmas? Will it be your first  special holiday since your separation?  Are you depressed about not having your children for New Year’s Eve, or Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other special day. Whatever the holiday, you are not alone. I remember the first Christmas that my three boys were with their mother Christmas Eve … 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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