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10 Reasons Why People Separate in January

Why People Separate in January January is the coldest month of the year in more ways than one.  The first month of the new year is also the time of year that most people start their divorce process and choose to separate. Perhaps there wasn’t much glue holding their marriage together anyway and now that the tinsel and stockings are put away, relationships come into a sharper focus.  For better or worse, the numbers prove that “Divorce Month” is real.  And it is not by accident.  Here are some of the reasons behind the Divorce Month Phenomena. Paying the holiday

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Cost of Divorce

The Cost of Divorce Paying Your Spouse’s Divorce Fees You and your spouse have recently made the decision to separate. You’ve done your research and have settled on family mediation as the process you want to use to create your separation agreement. But what do you do when your spouse says they cannot afford to participate in mediation? How can you avoid being dragged into a costly, lengthy, and nasty court battle? Though it may seem counter-intuitive, many separating couples have solved this problem by having one spouse pay for the other’s share of the mediation costs at the beginning

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Why does Mediation Cost less than Divorce Court?

According to a recent Bank of Montreal InvestorLine study, the average cost of a wedding in Canada hovers around $31,110, honeymoon included. Once the price of raising children is factored in, estimated at over $200,000 per child (don’t forget college or university education!), the cost of starting a family can be extremely high. While no one marries expecting to get divorced, it is a reality for about four in ten Canadians. After spending all of that money on an extravagant wedding to start off the marriage, it can be nauseating to think of spending tens of thousands more just to

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Tips for Getting Your Spouse to Mediation

If you are the one who has suggested divorce mediation to your spouse, there is a chance your spouse may resist the idea. These are a number of common misconceptions about mediation, along with responses that may help you convince your spouse that the mediation process is appropriate for your separation: 1) “I don’t want relationship counselling” Tip 1: Mediators and relationship counsellors both use conflict resolution tools, but the family mediator’s sole focus is to help you reach an agreement with your spouse on issues pertaining to your separation. They are not interested in saving your relationship, they just

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a more amicable divorce process where you and your spouse can together seek the assistance of a neutral family professional who will help you to create a Separation Agreement without going to court. Mediation is usually the fastest and most cost-effective divorce process and tends to help individuals to be better co-parents and better exes after your divorce.  The mediation process is confidential and more informal, typically encouraging better communication, more creative solutions, and a measure of control of your own separation process. All divorce processes are hard work and mediation is no exception.  If you chose mediation,

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Frequently asked Question The Common Sense Divorce

The Cost of Divorce Court

There is a time and a place for court, but know that if your divorce goes to court…it is going to get expensive. Sometimes the only way we can get through to folks is to put words into dollars and cents. Going to court will be expensive…very, VERY expensive. It will require additional lawyer hours, court costs, filing fees and administrative costs. And then when it’s all done, you may not even receive the answer you were hoping for! More than the costs, there is the loss of the decision making power. Think of it this way: when you go

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For Low to Medium Conflict couples that are committed to working together to keep your separation out of court system, keeping costs manageable and keeping the acrimony low.

The Family Mediation Bundle includes your family mediation sessions, your financial analysis process, and a Separation Memo of Understanding. The Family Bundle does not include lawyers and you each assume the responsibility of arranging own independent legal advice.
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For Low to Medium conflict couples who want make sure that everything is prepared properly and that their completed Separation Agreement is legal binding and enforceable according to the Laws of Ontario. These couples are committed keeping your separation out of the court system, keeping costs manageable and keeping the acrimony low.

The Full Service Mediation Package includes your family mediation sessions, your financial analysis process, AND your independent legal advice (ILA) with a family lawyer.
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Some files are more complicated, more acrimonious or involve power imbalances and their mediation process may require extra assistance, particularly from specially trained collaborative lawyers. The Collaborative mediation Process is for mid to higher conflict separations that still want to work together to keep the process out of court, keep the costs and keep the acrimony low.

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We created our Lawyer Led-Negotiation Program for such individuals that come to us as half of a couple and who require the assistance of a negotiating lawyer who will represent their specific interests because their spouse has chosen another legal process.
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