About: Kathryn Jankowski

Kathryn Jankowski is an accredited Financial Divorce Specialist (FDS), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and an Accredited Family Mediator (OAFM) with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. Motivated by a passion to help others, she combines her financial expertise with her first-hand experience of divorce to offer clear, objective and personalized guidance during what is often a stressful and complicated process.

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Return on Your Relationship Investment

Return on your Relationship Investment is brought to you by Guest Blogger, Ganga Daryanani, RSW from Holistic Counsel

Ganga's Picture We’re all looking for that great vehicle to invest our dollars. We want little or no risk but with large returns. Where should I invest? How much? Who...


Early Neutral Consultations, Navigating Your Divorce

Navigating your divorce can be painstaking, especially when you are expected to understand the way things work from a legal requirement perspective. If you've never been divorced before why should you know, right? Early Neutral Consultations help divorcees understand the road map and can have many beneficial effects from process choice, asset distribution and...

Who’s Divorce Is It, Anyways?

Who's divorce is it, anyways, when getting a legal divorce entrenches us in process? No worries, I can see that this sentence is confusing. Let me explain. Whether you chose to litigate, mediation, collaborate or arbitrate your divorce, there are some similarities in the information that is required in order to attain...

Divorce ~ As Seen on TV

Divorce, as seen on TV, gives rise to conflict to create drama. It keeps the watcher engaged, right? However, that's what some people think it's really like. Conflict, threats, drama and the legal team taking hold of your family matters and running amok with your potential future choices; that's the perception. I've had a number...

Why Choose Mediation?

Why would you want to choose mediation to resolve your marriage? Some people are unaware of the different process choices that are available to them once they decide to end their marriage. That's no surprise, unless they've had to face this difficult life transition before, right? And yet, when I speak to some...

Is Your Spousal Support Secure?

MarianGage By Marian Gage Family Law Lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator I just read Dagg et al. v. Cameron Estate [2015] ONSC 2597. This case doesn’t change anything. There is no new interpretation of any law here. Still, it highlights the law that we need to know as it relates...

Parenting During and After Divorce

Parenting during and after divorce can present many challenges. Many people try to assert themselves as the better parent during a family break up.  Typically, it is fuelled by anger at their spouse.  But this is what is really happening.  I wish I could make all of my clients, who have children and who are...

Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) Really A Benefit?

Canadian families will benefit from the increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit, more commonly referred to as the UCCB.  The increase benefit moves form $100per month to $160 per month and it is retroactive to January 1, 2o15.  This means that parents of children under the age of 6 will be receiving a bit...

Should Couples Financially Share?

Couples don't always see eye-to-eye when it comes to financial planning or financial sharing for that matter.  As individuals our conceptions about money often come from our parents as our  values and belief systems are developed.  Often one person is the 'perceived spender' and the other the 'perceived saver'.  Let's face it, one person in...

Collaborative Team Models

Collaborative Team Models differ, according to Gary Direnfeld,  as collaborative practice moves along a continuum from unidisciplinary to transdisciplinary collaborative team models. (See article here http://www.yoursocialworker.com/s-articles/collaborative_team_models.htm ).   But before we look at the models, I think it's important to understand how we got there. When collaborative practice first surfaced in Toronto and the GTA around the turn of...

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