Tag Archives: Law

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

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

Uncontested Divorce: How To Get Yours

Obtaining a uncontested divorce is the final step in the dissolution of your marriage. Usually we resolve all of the issues of your divorce including issues related to the children (custody and access), child support, spousal support and property issues before we proceed with the divorce. We settle these issues in a separation agreement or, … 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

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

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

New Wife and Ex Wife: A Complicated Relationship

All relationships are trying at times but perhaps one of the more difficult ones is between a "new wife" and the "ex wife". (Probably this is true for the "new husband" and "ex husband" too.) Donna Ferber (pictured on the left) offers another great blog in which she explores this challenging relationship. Donna writes:  Judged as … 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

Older Couples Getting Divorced in Barrie, Ontario

Are you over 50 years old and thinking about getting a divorce? You are not alone. More and more older couples are getting divorced. Deborah Moskovitch, author of The Smart Divorce writes an interesting blog in the Huffington Post about this phenomenon. She says we shouldn’t be surprised because the reasons for marriage have changed and the … Continue Reading

How To Tell Adult Children About Your Separation

Separation and divorce is hard on children. Frankly, it’s hard on everyone, adult children included. Often separating couples see their adult children as being more able to cope with their parents’ separation than younger children. I am not sure this is true.  Erica Manfred is the author of "He’s History, You’re Not: Surviving Divorce After Forty." … 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

How to Schedule Summer Access

Summer is fast approaching. Now is the time to begin to work on your summer access schedule.  Some separated families have the summer schedule set for every summer. Mom will have certain weeks every year and Dad will have other weeks. There is very little negotiation or planing involved. This is a nice arrangement, if … Continue Reading

Co-parenting Rules and Breathing

 Parenting is not easy. Parenting when separated is even more difficult.  Mark A. Nacol, a Texas family law lawyer, in his blog Nacol Law Firm Blog does an excellent job describing the rules for effective co-parenting.  Mark’s list of rules may seem to be "common sense" but when you are the parent trying to work with … Continue Reading

Royal Wedding Spoof Video

I realize that my blog is about issues related to divorce but this video of the upcoming royal wedding is so well done and funny, I just could not resist. The likenesses of the actors to the real people is just uncanny! Amazing job! A good laugh!  Enjoy.   … Continue Reading
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