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How Changes in the Divorce Act Can Resolve High-Conflict Disputes

High-conflict disputes during divorce naturally lead to a longer process and more expensive bills than those that are more amicable. But what many people don’t realize is that even in divorce cases that are not so acrimonious, the process is often longer, and the legal bills higher, when they litigate their cases in court rather than if they had chosen a non-court process. People who separate should know that non-court processes such as mediation and collaborative law are likely better options to resolve their divorce even during high-conflict disputes.

Divorce Act changes ‘a boon’ for collaborative law practice – Interview By Law Times

As the pandemic has produced a rise in divorces and family disputes, the recent enactment of Divorce Act amendments will give a boost to collaborative family law and have more clients resolving their issues outside of a courtroom. Read the

The Divorce Act has grown up, but will we?

This article was originally published on the Toronto Star. Many people think that the courtroom is the place to finally bring justice — via the well-intentioned figure seated in black robes — to the injustice of their failed marriage. Unfortunately,

New Divorce Act changes focus on out-of-court resolution, interests of child – Boutet in The Lawyer’s Daily

New federal laws requiring family lawyers to “encourage” parting spouses to use mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution instead of the courts have come into force. Read the full article on The Lawyer’s Daily

Children Custody During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Radio Canada

Nathalie is interviewed in French by Radio Canada, to discuss parenting issues during the pandemic, from how Courts deal with custody fights, to suggesting other methods to resolve parenting issues including mediation and collaborative negotiation. Listen to the recording (French)

Nathalie Boutet is now a certified Advanced Collaborative Professional

I am pleased to announce my new designation as an Advanced Collaborative Professional. The Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals established the Advanced Collaborative Professional designation in order to recognize the professional commitment to the community and advanced skill level. The

How to divide a business in divorce without affecting the company – Boutet in the Globe and Mail

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ amicable split sets an example of what to do during a divorce, especially when it involves a business. Read my article in The Globe and Mail on how a collaborative approach keeps shareholders and employees reassured

Collaborative Negotiations

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,

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

Interest-based negotiation techniques for negotiation – Nathalie Boutet in Lawyers Weekly

The Lawyers Weekly newspaper sought out the expertise of family law negotiator Nathalie Boutet to discuss best practices for out of court negotiation techniques. Boutet comes back to true and trusted “Interest-based negotiation”, the effective technique developed by Roger Fisher

How Not to Need Your Family Law Lawyer Forever

Nathalie Boutet is featured on Advocate Daily discussing how a Collaborative Law Lawyer will set divorced families up for positive resolution in the future when issues are reopened. The needs of separated families will constantly change. The residency schedule may

Reduce the cost of valuing a professional practice upon divorce using Collaborative Law

Valuating a professional practice when there is a separation may be emotionally charged and costly because of the subjective nature of business valuations, especially professional businesses. Read more to find out what elements of a professional practice may have value

Amicable Divorce? You Can Separate or Divorce without Court Using Collaborative Law in Ontario

Most people set out to have an amicable divorce. Why then is it so painful when they separate or divorce? A family law file is generally made up by 5% of the law and the facts of your case, and