Our Roots

Long before divorces, our story reaches back to our core years in the financial industry. Seemed like every day we were hearing stories of separating families spending tens and tens of thousands of dollars to be led through legal divorce processes that left them emotionally broken, mentally defeated and financially destroyed. Surely there had to be a better way?

Our Raison d’être

Our founders, broker Darren Gingras and financial TV personality Gail Vaz-Oxlade started asking how do we take a process that can be so fundamentally destructive and somehow make it better?  They put their heads together and started investigating, researching and talking to other financial experts, lawyers, mediators, therapists and social workers. By 2009 The Common Sense Divorce was created.

Our Mission

Here's what we learned. We learned it's not usually legalities that cause the drama – it’s almost always the money. And we understand money, that's why we're really good at understanding splitting up.

We know how to empower people in the midst of life challenges, to reach new goals and fuller potential. We're all about our clients finding relief and simply feeling better. We know how to create solutions and we know how to prepare our clients for new futures. 

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Our Team Magic

Let’s not sugarcoat it! Divorce is a difficult field to work in and there are days when our work can be really, really hard. But our team is special.

Our core values of wisdom, experience, quality, integrity, common sense, balance, care, empathy and yes, even kindness are lived by our team every day and lie at the heart of our unique company culture.

MEET OUR TEAM

Gail Vax-Oxlade
Financial

Ken Murphy
Dispute Resolution Team

Tracy Friedman
Therapist
Counsellor

Shannon Anderson
Family Lawyer

Geoff Rabideau
Debt/Real Estate Lawyer

Darren Gingras
Executive Director

Christophe Mamessier
Dispute Resolution Technologies

Sanja Curic
Family Lawyer

Mary-Anne Popescu
Family Mediator

Donna Wilson
Mediator

Josh Morrison
Dispute Resolution Tech

Naomi Valle
Financial

Valerie Brown
Family Lawyer

Christina Burke
Financial/Mortgages

Roger MacIntosh
Family Lawyer

Barbara Landau
Family Mediator

Rebecca Young
Dispute Resolution Tech

Bev McLean
Legal Clerk/Finance

Lynn Hrynyk
Financial/Mortgages

Lisa Sharpe
Family Lawyer

Hilary McDonald
Financial/Tax

David Birnbaum
Real Estate

Doris Fulton
Business Consultant

Neeraj Goel
Family Lawyer

Simonetta Lanzi
Family Lawyer

Daniel Wilson
Family Lawyer

Judith Arrillaga
Family Lawyer

Steve Altwerger
Estate Lawyer

Jef Moddejonge
Family Lawyer

Denise Martel
Financial/Mortgages

what our clients say

E.M.
Toronto ON

“Great team! You were fast and efficient. My ex and I actually have a more respectful relationship now than we ever did before.”
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“I often think of how kind and compassionate you all were.
It is something I will never forget.”
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D.D.
Mississauga ON

J.G.
Newmarket ON

“My spouse was pushing me to just sign his agreement.
I'm glad I called.”
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“I want to thank The Common Sense Divorce.
Left to ourselves, we would have turned this into a legal mess.”
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C.W.
Kitchener ON

So what's next?

Glad you asked.

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