Posts Categorized: Mediation

How accountants can help prepare ex-spouses for mediation

Accountants and other financial professionals can help their divorcing clients prepare for mediation by having a better understanding of their role in this process. Mediation and non-court processes do not work when a spouse attempts to conceal information, and these

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Conflict Resolution Strategies for Family Businesses – Boutet on The Huffington Post

It is not simple to resolve conflict within businesses where people bring in different points of view, cultures and values. Resolving conflict within a family may be even more complex because the members have had a lifetime of interacting with

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Sibling rivalry can sink family business succession – Boutet in Succession Planning

Nathalie Boutet is featured in an article discussing how mediation can offer a route to involving all family members in resolving disputes over succession plans. Read the full article in Succession Planning.

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Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law

My commentary on the article “Professionalism and Ethics in Family Law” recently published in The Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, by Deanne Sowter. When it comes to the role lawyers play in conflict resolution and ethical dilemmas, the notion of “neuro awareness” or

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Family Law and Home Ownership – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio discussing out-of-court methods such as collaborative law and interest-based negotiation, and the power of “fairness”.

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Resolution by Negotiation Most Common Approach

A recent study finding that most paths through the family justice process lead to resolution by negotiation lays the groundwork for a discussion on why many cases even enter the court system in the first place, says Toronto family lawyer

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Supporting Employees through Divorce – Boutet in Workplace Today

While family stress, separation and divorce are personal matters, they’re still likely to impact the workplace, and it’s important for employers to provide tools for employees to deal effectively with such situations, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet says in Workplace Today magazine. “When a

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Nathalie Boutet received Accreditation status from Ontario Association of Family Mediators

Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet has been awarded the title of Accredited Family Mediator (AccFM) by the Ontario Association of Family Mediators (OAFM). This designation is sanctioned by the Ontario provincial government. According to OAFM, family mediators have the expertise

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The New Mediator: The Neuroscience of Self-Regulation

Mediators and Lawyers will: Understand the brain science behind what throws people off balance and the impact on everybody in the mediating process – especially clients Recognize and be able to maintain the integrity of the process and not be derailed

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What is a Successful Mediation?

What is a successful mediation? Authors Bush and Folger[1] speak of the power of mediation to resolve divorces. The methodologies of mediation are very well suited for resolving conflicts between people that have been in close or personal relationships or

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Family Mediation Enhances an Individual’s Ability to Truly Hear His or Her Spouse

Mediation “produces superior quality solutions for private disputes”.[1]  I would like to explore 2 of the many reasons why mediation is so effective: (1)  People can be truly heard and understood when they articulate what they want, and (2)  It

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Communication in Mediation!

Communication in mediation can be difficult. A breakdown of a relationship is never easy especially if you have children. In my mediations, I allow clients time to develop simple communication rules that will be upheld during the process. People who

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How to Mentally Prepare for Mediation

People who separate will often experience very strong emotions that will at times feel unmanageable. Sometimes they feel as though they have made some progress only to be triggered by an event that reminds them of their former partner, or

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Do People Have to be Getting Along to Participate in Family Mediation?

Mediation is used by people who want to resolve disputes themselves rather than having a judge make decisions for them. But because these people’s relationship is broken, they need a third party to facilitate the communication, and guide the negotiation.

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The Cost of Litigation in Toronto – Litigation Costs Arising from Divorce Disputes in Toronto are on the Rise

People in divorce disputes end up ruined by the cost of litigation  because they fall into typical pitfalls: Conflict generates a sense of self- absorption: compared with before, each party becomes more focused on self alone, more protective of self

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Women in Mediation vs. Men in Mediation – How to Mediate a Dispute to Negotiate a Settlement that is a “Win Win” for All

Toronto Mediation services grew in popularity as a result of dissatisfaction with the courts in the 80s and 90s. In the beginning, families who wanted to mediate a dispute using Toronto mediation services were often warned that mediation may not

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Family Mediation – A Step Towards Healing the Family and Healthier Relationships

This paper highlights why family mediation speeds up the process of healing the family and leads spouses towards healthier relationships after a separation. It will also provide information on how to find resources about “family mediation Toronto”. Separating spouses usually

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Collaborative Family Law And Divorce Mediation Are Essential to Protecting Your Children During A Divorce

Parents who separate impose a tremendous change to their children’s core foundation. For divorce kids, statistics are clear that while some will eventually benefit from seeing their parents flourish in new relationships, several divorce kids will be affected by the

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Mediation in Ontario and Collaborative Family Law in Ontario – How are they different?

Family law in Ontario is complex and families should seek legal advice before deciding what system of family law in Ontario they wish to use. The choices are: negotiation between spouses; collaborative family law; family law mediation; traditional negotiation (this

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