Dispute Resolution Clause in Ontario

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Dispute Resolution Clause: The Separation Agreement

Your Separation Agreement and more specifically the parts dealing with support and the parenting plan, will include a legal clause called the dispute resolution process that explains how any potential future disagreements will be dealt with. It is an important clause that ensures you the option to pursue any number of potential dispute resolution avenues instead of only being able to resolve issues with lawyers or court. Typically negotiations that were originally resolved out of court will include a similar family dispute resolution process to deal with any potential future agreements.

Dispute Resolution Clause: What This Means?

If a dispute arises out of, or in connection with this Separation Agreement, you and your ex spouse agree to meet together to find a resolution before resorting to court or litigation.  This may mean, meeting together on your own, through a trusted friend or family or through a mediator.  If that does not work, you may choose to meet with your lawyers.

According to the Family Law Act, all information and communications exchanged during this process are only for the purpose of negotiations and settling the issue only and is to be treated as confidential by the parties and their representatives, unless otherwise required by law.

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