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Who Drives The Children For Access Exchanges?

When you become a parent, nobody tells you that you will become a personal taxi driver for your children! You will drive them to their sports activities, their music lessons, their friends’ homes and, if you have separated from the other parent, you might have to do some driving to and from their other parent’s home.  … 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

10 Most Infamous Acts of Infidelity in Modern History

Just read an interesting blog. I have copied it below but check out the original at BestCollegesOnline.net (Reproduced with permission). 10 Most Infamous Acts of Infidelity in Modern American History   Henry Kissinger, one of our nation’s most accomplished secretaries of state, said it best: "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac." Given his homely looks and … 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

How To Divorce in Barrie, Ontario

Is your relationship over? Have you moved out and now want to resolve the issues? Maybe you have been apart for a while and just want it finalized? You want a divorce! A divorce is a piece of paper signed by a judge that terminates the marriage. You need it if you want to get … Continue Reading

Financing Your Divorce Litigation

Can you afford to sue your ex for your share of the property in your divorce?  There is an article in the The New York Times  about a new business in Hollywood that will finance your divorce in exchange for a piece of the settlement. It is intended for people with substantial assets but poor cash flow. … Continue Reading

Do I Have Shared Custody? Counting Hours…

Guest post by our lawyer John Ewen People will often say to me when I first meet them for a consultation “My ex and I are trying to figure out a fair amount of child support, but we’re stuck. Do we just use the Table?” As with many questions about the law, the answer is: … Continue Reading

Computer Game for Children of Divorce: A Great Tool

There is a new website for kids whose parents are going through a divorce. It’s called Changeville.  It teaches kids what happens when their parents separate in an entertaining, online way. The tour says "A walk through Changeville will tell you what to expect and help you deal with all the different feelings you might have and along the way … Continue Reading

How Do We Tell Our Children We Are Divorcing?

Are you dreading the idea of having to tell your children that their parents are divorcing? Do you want to minimize the pain and confusion for your children? I remember the day when my ex and I told our children we were getting a divorce. It was a sad day indeed. We got some good advice … Continue Reading

Why Is the Date of Separation Important?

Do you remember the day you separated? How did it happen? Was a note left or an email sent to say it’s over? Maybe a text? Maybe it was a screaming match? Maybe it was just a sad mutual realization that your marriage was over? Regardless of how it happens, the date of separation is … Continue Reading

“A Family Is A Family” – A Great Documentary

Some documentaries are moving. Some are thoughtful. Some are insightful. I just watched an amazing documentary by Rosie O’Donnell that is all three. Wonderful interviews. Great music. Inspiring message. Here is the trailer.   It’s an HBO documentary. The message is that it does not matter what form your family comes in (a mom and … Continue Reading

Joint Parenting – A Blog by Two Parents

I just stumbled upon a wonderful new blog jointly authored by two parents sharing joint custody of their children. It is honest, heartfelt, insightful and engaging. The authors are New Yorkers Magda Pecsenye and Douglas French.  Their blog is called "When the Flame Goes Up" .  Here is an excerpt from a blog posting by the father, … Continue Reading

What is the divorce rate anyway?

How often has someone said to you "Isn’t it amazing how many people are getting divorced these days? The divorce rate sure is rising!" As a divorce lawyer, I get the comment all the time but frankly until recently I did not have a clear picture of the trends and actual divorce statistics. Now I … Continue Reading

Should You Retain an Aggressive Lawyer for Your Barrie Divorce?

One of the questions I am often asked by people who are seeing me for an initial consultation, particularly if their matter involves litigation, is “are you aggressive?” to which I always respond “No.” When people are involved in family court litigation their greatest fear is that the lawyer who represents their spouse will succeed at … Continue Reading

Should Equal Parenting Time be Presumed?

 Hilary Linton is a well respected mediator, trainer and lawyer in Ontario. She writes a provocative blog about whether there should be a presumption of 50/50 in custody cases. I have reproduced her blog for you below. The Riverdale Mediation Blog always is an interesting read.  In response to Hilary’s blog below, I feel the movement toward a … Continue Reading

A Good Divorce Can Fix a Family

Psychotherapist, author and speaker, Donna Ferber wrote an excellent blog called "Is There Such a Thing as a Good Divorce?"  I reproduce it in its entirety below:   Imagine a marriage where both parties are unhappy and bickering all the time. Their values and goals are different. There is no chemistry between them. The children are exposed … Continue Reading

Sudden Divorce Syndrome: Reality or Myth?

Sudden Divorce Syndrome: If you are shocked that your spouse wants a divorce after many years of marriage, you may be a victim of SDS. Chip Hues and Donna Ferber debate the topic in Chip’s excellent blog called Ohio Family Law Blog Chip has permitted me to reproduce his blog below for your reading pleasure. It’s … Continue Reading

How Collaborative Practices Saves Money in NJ and Ontario

Linda L. Piff, a respected lawyer and blogger in New Jersey, writes in her blog, reproduced below, that Collaborative Practice is far more cost effective than litigation. Although most family law cases do eventually settle, they do so on the court house steps after most of the damage of litigation has occurred. The inflammatory court … Continue Reading

Do You Really Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Many people who are separating want to avoid paying legal fees as they feel they cannot afford a lawyer. While it is very understandable that people feel this way, as lawyers generally bill at a high hourly rate, there are some very good reasons why you should at the very least consult a lawyer if … Continue Reading
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