Press and Media Coverage

The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade: Divorce, Mediation and Domestic Violence

NewsTalk1010 Toronto | The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade

This evening, Gail devoted her entire show to the concept of divorce. Gail discusses her own experiences with divorce, overviews the history of divorce and chats with guests from The Common Sense Divorce:

  • The legal realities of divorce in Ontario: Darren Gingras (President of The Common Sense Divorce) and David Morneau (Family Lawyer)
  • Divorce mediation and its benefits for separating couples: Mary-Anne Popescu (Family Mediator)
  • Recognizing and getting out of an abusive relationship: Anne Sayers (Family Mediator)

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Divorce is expensive, but don’t skimp on the lawyer

By Gail Vaz-Oxlade | Metro News | January 12, 2015

Be aware that so-called ‘kitchen table’ agreements usually don’t pass court scrutiny. Photo: iStock

Everyone knows divorce is expensive. According to Darren Gingras, President of The Common Sense Divorce (with which I am affiliated), the average divorce costs $15,000 to $25,000 depending on whether the courts have to get involved. Is it any wonder people would rather DIY?

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What to do when there’s more value in your house than your marriage

By Garry Marr | The Financial Post | October 11, 2014

Quote from Darren Gingras – President of The Common Sense Divorce

The financial leverage on homes means couples have to be more financially strategic than ever when it comes to timing their divorce, says Darren Gingras, president of The Common Sense Divorce, a divorce consultancy firm.

“Whether or not you want to keep it amicable or not amicable, that’s your decision,” he says. But financially, “you’ve got to time when you’re going to leave” with care. “Even if [you] walked home and caught somebody in bed with somebody, if you don’t time this one, you’re going to be nailed with up to $100,000 in penalties. There are people now who’ve had to learn to suck it up.”

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He’s a one-percenter. He’s got the high-powered job, a vacation property and a $1.5-million detached home in the heart of midtown Toronto. About a decade ago, he and his wife were fortunate enough to get their foot into the housing market when it was still relatively sane – paying roughly half what the place is worth… Continue reading “What to do when there’s more value in your house than your marriage”

Should you share your PIN with your spouse?

By Melissa Leong | Financial Post | October 11, 2014

Melisssa Leong asked financial experts about this financial quandary.

Darren Gingras, president of The Common Sense Divorce says:

“Throughout our lives, we will be asked to trust others with our valuables. Doing so may mean that someone will show you their love through their respect or someone you love may betray your trust and you could be on the hook for their lack of self-control.  So if you’re thinking of sharing your PIN with your spouse (or anyone else), take note: one way or the other, you will end up with either a life-long confidant or simply a long-life lesson.”

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When it comes to money decisions, it can be hard to figure out the right thing to do. Money is about power, emotion, morality, and security, among other things. So in this space, we gather experts to weigh in on a financial quandary. This week’s question: Should you give your husband or wife the PIN for… Continue reading “Should you share your PIN with your spouse?”

Why You Should Opt For a Common Sense Divorce

By Gail Vaz-Oxlade | Metro News | August 11, 2014

Trying to get a divorce? Wondering why it’s taking so long and costing so much? Family courts are backlogged because we’ve been conditioned to believe the divorce process has to be both litigious and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be either of those things. If we applied some common sense — putting the beginning of our next chapter ahead of the retaliation we feel for ending the last chapter — it could be a much smoother process.

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The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade: Talking to CSD Client “Christine*”

NewsTalk1010 Toronto | The Late Shift with Gail Vaz-Oxlade 

Gail Vaz-Oxlade and Darren Gingras, President of The Common Sense Divorce, talk to “Christine*” about her experience as a Common Sense Divorce client.

*Client’s name was changed during this interview to ensure privacy.

Original Airdate: June 30, 2014

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Georgina company pushing divorce reform in Ontario

The Newmarket Era | The Aurora Banner | The Georgina Advocate | June 1, 2014

In celebration of Ontario Entrepreneur Week (June 2-13, 2014), Metroland Media featured some of Ontario’s most unconventional entrepreneurs, including Darren Gingras, President of The Common Sense Divorce, which started and operates its Client Care Centre out of Georgina, Ontario.

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Tune In! Toronto Speaks: Legal Advice

The Common Sense Divorce is Increasing Access to Justice on TV Show Toronto Speaks: Legal Advice

9:00 PM, Monday, April 7th, 2014
Rogers TV (Toronto) Cable 10 and 63

I went to law school expecting to learn how to defend what is fair and advocate for what is just. I quickly learned, however, that acting according to the law does not always make sense and being lawful doesn’t always mean you’re acting fairly or smart.

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Five ways to reduce the costs of a divorce

By Melissa Leong | Financial Post | March 1, 2014

National Post | Five ways to reduce the costs of a divorceDarren Gingras, President of The Common Sense Divorce gives his top five ways to reduce the costs of a divorce:

  1. Keep it amicable
  2. Understand your financial present and future
  3. Check your interactions with your lawyer
  4. Consider mediation
  5. Find a collaborative lawyer

 

According to Canadian Lawyer’s 2013 legal fees survey, the cost of an uncontested divorce ranges from $801 to $1,608. A contested divorce, meanwhile, can cost between $5,743 to $33,881. And if your case goes to court, you could face higher legal fees than that. This financial toll doesn’t include the possibility of child support and spousal… Continue reading “Five ways to reduce the costs of a divorce”