The Money Smart
Divorce Solution

Legal, Binding & Enforceable Separation Agreements

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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?

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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.

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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. 


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.

What To Expect When You Call The Common Sense Divorce

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Not everyone is ready to talk with someone in person.  You can call the Common Sense Divorce at anytime and hear a pre-recorded 2 min message about our services.

We will gladly take the time to speak with you about our services and the divorce process in Ontario.  The Common Sense Divorce offers a free 20 min telephone assessment and consultation.

We understand that this is a difficult time and calling us is a big step.  We are going to work hard to make this phone call easier, make you feel at ease and make sure that we respect your privacy.

We understand that you may be just researching and have not made any decisions.  We do not assume that because you are calling, that this means you are divorcing.


Separation Agreement

Gail Vax-Oxlade

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Ken Murphy
Dispute Resolution Team

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Tracy Friedman

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Shannon Anderson
Family Lawyer

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Geoff Rabideau
Debt/Real Estate Lawyer

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Darren Gingras
Executive Director

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Christophe Mamessier
Dispute Resolution Technologies

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Sanja Curic
Family Lawyer

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Mary-Anne Popescu
Family Mediator

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Donna Wilson

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Josh Morrison
Dispute Resolution Tech

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Naomi Valle

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Valerie Brown
Family Lawyer

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Christina Burke

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Roger MacIntosh
Family Lawyer

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Barbara Landau
Family Mediator

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Rebecca Young
Dispute Resolution Tech

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Bev McLean
Legal Clerk/Finance

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Lynn Hrynyk

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Dina Simone

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Hilary McDonald

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David Birnbaum
Real Estate

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Doris Fulton
Business Consultant

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Neeraj Goel
Family Lawyer

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Simonetta Lanzi
Family Lawyer

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Daniel Wilson
Family Lawyer

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Judith Arrillaga
Family Lawyer

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Steve Altwerger
Estate Lawyer

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Jef Moddejonge
Family Lawyer

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Denise Martel


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what our clients say

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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Mississauga ON

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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Kitchener ON