Are you eligible to claim the Eligible Dependent Credit on your Canadian taxes? For separating couples in Canada this can be a bit confusing to sort out, especially when you are in the transition stage of negotiating your Separation Agreement. While there tend to be a lot of grey areas CRA...
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Would you be a good family mediation client? I always say that any conflict can be resolved in mediation. The personalities of the client can, sometimes, make the job of the Mediator more difficult. That's where the skill set of the Mediator and process delivery...more
Clients often choose mediation as their preferred method for resolution, for several reasons, but they often don't know the answer to this question - What is the role of a Mediator? Others understand the role but they are so desperate for an outcome that they feel that their Mediator is 'all knowing' and client's try...more
What's a house worth in a divorce scenario? Because the family home is, typically, the biggest asset a couple acquires during their marriage a lot of consideration goes into how to value it. The answer, not surprisingly, is that it depends. If the intention is to sell the house then the value is based on...more
I call this trend the "undivorce" as it seems that couples are coming to mediation to save their relationships rather than unwind them. 'Fresh start' are often the words used to describe the couples' intention. With a parenting plan in place and their financial world separated, spouses can rework a new path to intimacy, respect...more
Everybody wants to divorce for less. Less of a cost, that is. But there is a fine balance between a job well done and getting what you pay for. Most people I talk to want it all, the information, the guidance around their rights and obligations and all their disclosure documents tied up in a...more
Travel for Less?If you want to travel for less money you might want to use a little trick that I use all the time. It's no secret to those who know me well that I love to explore our world. Oddly enough, it doesn't cost me as much as one would think. Here's how I travel...
Divorcing people are, typically, under a lot of stress and sometimes they forget how to argue effectively during their mediation negotiations. Stressful situations often bring out the worst in people. Remember, however, that in mediation you are trying to work out a reasonable deal with your soon-to-be-Ex. Is that person likely to give you any...more
mediation is different, just like every family is different. Different personalities and different ways of perceiving solutions to problems bring different results. And with all that differing should mediators drop their pearls of wisdom and share past experiences? Let's face it, we all see solutions to problems based on our past experiences. Mediators are no different. ...more
"Mediation in a Pluralistic Society" was the vibrant topic that graced the walls of the third floor of The Law Society of Upper Canada this afternoon. The room was packed with Dispute Resolution Professionals. Most, of course, were Mediators but there were also many Family Law Lawyers,...more