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Bill C-78 changes to the Divorce Act – is it enough? – Boutet on 900 CHML

Nathalie Boutet speaks to radio CHML 900 about the significance of the proposed amendments to Canada’s family law acts.

How parents can protect the family business if their children divorce – Boutet in The Globe and Mail

There are many considerations given to how couples can protect themselves and their assets from divorce, but what about their family members – specifically the older generation – whose assets may also be at risk? What can parents who started

Lawyer Jessica Cohen on the Psychology of Fear and Anxiety

Lawyer Jessica Cohen has the courage to suggest lawyers should pay attention to clients’ feelings. It is unfortunate that law schools don’t teach us about the human aspects about our clients because we accidentally ignore our clients’ fears and anxieties

Protect a Business from Marital Breakdown – Boutet in Advisor.ca

Marital breakdown can destroy a business, but it needn’t be this way. With the right planning, your client’s business can survive a failed marriage. Read the full article on Advisor.ca.

Divorce Myths Debunked

There are many common misconceptions when it comes to the topic of divorce that families may not be aware of. Nathalie Boutet, Family Law Lawyer, Conflict Resolution Specialist and Accredited Mediator can speak to the following myths vs realities when

Family Law ‘Aggressive Enough’ Without Contingency Fees – Nathalie Boutet in Law Times

Ending Ontario’s ban on contingency fees in family law cases may create more problems than it solves, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet says in Law Times. The idea was raised by a letter recently sent to the provincial government from

Separated Families Derive Great Satisfaction Through the Collaborative Process – Nathalie Boutet in Ontario Bar Association

When my colleague Barbara Kristanic and I started our most recent Collaborative Law case involving mobility (wife and children to relocate from Ontario to Europe), a child with disabilities, a stay-at-home mother and a husband who wanted to change careers,

Family Law and Home Ownership – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio discussing how family laws apply to home ownership. She describes some of the elements people should know before buying a house together.

Leave Negativity at the Door in Family Law Proceedings

Bad-mouthing a client or gossiping about opposing counsel in a family law proceeding is a signal that you may be part of the problem instead of the solution, Toronto family lawyer Nathalie Boutet recently told attendants of Collaborative Practice Durham

Buying a House with a Spouse: Common Pitfalls to Avoid – Nathalie Boutet on CFRA Radio

Nathalie Boutet speaks to CFRA Radio on April 27th, 2015, to discuss the potential pitfalls of buying a house with a spouse without first consulting with a family law lawyer. Things to watch for, says Boutet, include: How much is

Boutet Advocates for Neuroscience in Family Law – Nathalie Boutet interviewed by Law Times

written by Michael McKiernan published in Law Times   A crash course in neuroscience can dramatically improve family lawyers’ relationships with their clients, according to a Toronto practitioner. Nathalie Boutet, a mediation and collaborative partner at Basman Smith LLP and

Practicing “Negotiation with the brain in mind” ©: A case for interest-based negotiation – Nathalie Boutet in OBA ADR magazine

   Published in the Ontario Bar Association News under the     Alternative Dispute Resolution Law Section    Volume 20, No.1 – February 2012 People contemplating separation have frequently endured long periods of time, sometimes years, in unhappy, acrimonious and even

Nathalie Boutet featured in both The Montreal Gazette and the Victoria & Vancouver Island News

By Denise Deveau, Postmedia News Family law a ‘people’ profession Soft skills such as empathy and patience go hand in hand with familiarity of many aspects of the legal practice Nathalie Boutet became a family lawyer because she enjoys helping

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

Tips for Dealing with Clients Who Are Going Through a Divorce

I stand for families to be well, whether together or separated. In our professional life we encounter clients who are either thinking of separating or who are definitely separating. People in the service industry rely on good relationships with their

Canada’s Top Business Women: Nathalie Boutet – by Women’s Post Magazine

Canada’s Top Businesswomen: Nathalie Boutet   written by: Sarah Lambert   Editor-in-Chief at Women’s Post and blogs at thelaughingmedusa.com. Nathalie Boutet, Family Law Mediator and Collaborative Negotiator & Solicitors and Co-Founder of NEXT Ltd. Growing up, Nathalie Boutet thought she

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.

The Neuro Family Law Institute

The Neuro Family Law Institute website is online and we invite you to visit and get involved. You can view the website at https://neurofamilylawinstitute.org   Vision and Mission of the Neuro Family Law Institute Vision: The Neuro Family Law Institute will transform

Ontario Family Court – Preparing for Mediation and Negotiation Techniques Used in Mediation

Thanks to the abundance of Mediation Services Toronto has to offer, separating families have easy access to friendlier methods to resolve their differences. This is even more so since the Ontario Family Court system now makes mediation mandatory in some

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

Conflict Resolution and Mediation – When Resolving a Dispute What People Say Might Be Different Than What They Mean

This paper will address a resolution dispute issue that is underestimated: the importance of communication in conflict resolution and mediation. In conflict resolution and mediation, the importance of communication skills is evident because the team has a real opportunity to

Divorce Lawyers in Toronto Will Act on Your Instructions

The following article provides family law information that will make you reflect on how to choose a lawyer that will be responsible and competent. There is a saying in family law that says that a family law file is made

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

Neuroplasticity and Family Law – Toronto Family Law Lawyer Shows Clients How to Begin Emotional Healing

Neuroplasticity is the new buzz word all over the world. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s property to change or modify its structure and its function through mental experience. It was once assumed that around adulthood, the brain became fixed and we