ARTICLES

Seven traits of highly effective mediators

Finding the right mix of specialized knowledge, involvement and creativity is how to stay out of court.
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Telling Your Kids About the Split: The Six Most Common (Well-Intended) Mistakes

"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I don't even like telling my kids they need a shot. How can I tell them we're breaking up?"
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Mediator recommends Katz and City of Edmonton think long term

When the City of Edmonton and the Katz Group get together with a mediator to try and resolve the Edmonton arena issue, they should focus on their needs - not their bargaining positions.
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Your Marriage is Ending: What Now?

Unfortunately, you've come to the realization that your marriage is over, or worse yet, you've just been advised that your marriage is over. What now?
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An Amicable Road Less Travelled

The case of an Ontario woman who lost custody of her three kids for alienating them from their father is an extreme example of how hate-filled parents can damage their children.
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Interest Based Negotiation

As society and the laws that govern it become more and more complex, so does the litigation that arises when things go wrong. As a result, the litigation process becomes more and more involved, lengthy, and of course, expensive. In response we are seeing a trend away from the courts and toward other methods of resolving disputes.
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Meditate, mediate. Just don't litigate

Tie Domi took plenty of hits during his career as an NHL enforcer, but the bill for his divorce may come as his biggest blow of all. The more bitter the battle, say divorce experts, the higher the bills.
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Parting ways, out of court (Collaborative process keeps the mudslinging and dirty laundry out of the picture)

In the collaborative process, which is also used in settling estates, each party brings a lawyer to the negotiating table. They also sign an agreement setting out strict rules of conduct. They also sign an agreement setting out strict rules of conduct. Designed to deal with issues such as child care or finances, accusations and dirty laundry are prohibited.
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The Better Way (Mediation in Divorce)

The bad news is that the divorce rate is up, and the impression is that so too are legal costs, delays, uncertainty, and frustration. The good news is that there is a better way.
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Divorce, Without The Courts

MICHELLE GESKY'S first divorce took three years, tens of thousands of dollars and incalculable heartache. A settlement was reached before trial, but not without appearances before the judge and the assignment of a social worker to defuse a thorny custody issue.
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Collaborative Family Law

One of the most common feelings experienced by people in a relationship breakdown is that of loss of control. Living arrangements change, financial demands are different, emotions of each of the parties and their children run high, and even social relationships are affected. These situations can often lead to anger, fear, and depression, which often seem to exacerbate the feelings arising out of the loss of control.
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The High Cost of Divorce

Of concern for many families is the rising cost of living. Unfortunately, that cost seems to rise even faster when a marriage breaks down. Many people have a hard time living within their means even where there are two income earners in the same household. When a marriage breaks down, supporting the family in two separate homes makes the task even more difficult.
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What Can Be Done to Minimize the Legal Costs of a Divorce?

It's no secret that getting a divorce can cost a bundle. While there are definitely situations where expensive legal proceedings are unavoidable, there are many things that you can do to help keep the costs down.
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