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Negotiating without your partner in the room: why clapping with two hands is more effective

You and your partner have decided to end your relationship. You both agree you want to negotiate an agreement in non-adversarial process: neither of you wants to go to court. You have heard many stories from friends of what litigation can do to a couple, their finances and their kids. You are both clear that is not for you. You both want an effective agreement that is fair and is future focused....

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The Reality of Divorce - An Opportunity for Growth

Although Statistics Canada has not been collecting Canada's annual marriage and divorce rates since 2008, it seems fairly widely accepted that over 40% of Canadian marriages are expected to end in divorce before the couple reach their 50th wedding anniversary...

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You've accepted that divorce is the only choice - now what?

If you have made and accepted that divorce is your only choice, I'm sure this has been one of the most painful, difficult and heart wrenching decisions that you have ever had to make...

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6 Year Old Give Smart Advice to Divorcing Parents

When people divorce, it can be a very emotionally draining and stressful situation. There was a very touching and heartfelt post online about a 6 year old girl named Tiana who gave advice to her parents as to how to handle their divorce...

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People Aren't How You Think They Are!

If you have been looking at this website thinking "This Collaborative practice sounds great for some people, but you don't know [insert the name of the person with whom you could NEVER collaborate]!", this article is aimed at you. My intent is for you to consider that this person isn't how you think they are...

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Still Considering the Collaborative Approach to Divorce?

You and your ex have decided to consider the collaborative approach to divorce. This is commendable, as it is a gigantic hurdle to get to this point of agreement with someone you are in conflict with...

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Understanding the Collaborative Process to Divorce

Divorce dramatically shifted the path of my life in a way that I could not fathom as I entered and experienced the divorce process. I credit the Collaborative Approach to divorce as the beginning of the path that I am now on to live life with hope...

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Family Law - Litigation or Collaborative Practice?

I have worked as a Mental Health Professional for over 30 years. For the past 18 years, I have worked primarily in the Field of Separation and Divorce. I conducted Custody Evaluations for 18 years and Supervised Custody Evaluators for 13 years in Ontario with the Office of the Children's Lawyer.

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What Do Divorce Lawyers Do In Their Own Divorces?

There was an excellent article in the Huffington Post this week entitled "What Do Divorce Lawyers Do In Their Own Divorces?"

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Can I afford to buy a home? Can I afford not too?

When I ask clients 'What is the best investment you have ever made?', home owners always answer, 'my home'. Depending on where and when you bought into the housing market, real estate in Vancouver has doubled, tripled and even quadrupled over the last 12 years.

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Love and Money

"Love. It will mess us up every time." This familiar lament was vocalized by a woman in my office last week as she told me about a lifetime of putting her head in the sand and letting other people, including her husband make financial decisions for her.

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Recommended Self-Help Books for Coping with 10 of Life's Challenges

I have a general Counselling Practice and I also specialize in separation and divorce. I have put together a list of books that I have read and/or referred to in my Collaborative Practice, as well as in my Counselling Practice. I have found these books helpful as have some of my clients who I loan them to.

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Estate Planning and Collaborative Family Law

Recently there have been some major legislative changes to estates practice in British Columbia. The Wills, Estates and Succession Act, S.B.C. 2009, c. 13("WESA") came into force on March 31, 2014. So what does this mean for separating families?

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My Big Fat Collaborative Divorce – a Client's Story

No one gets married thinking that they will be divorced one day. Unfortunately, with about half of marriages ending in divorce, this will be inevitable for many couples. Divorce can become very messy, including financially and emotionally draining.

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Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Presentation in Hawaii January 2015

Earlier this year, I (Karen Redmond), responded to an invitation by the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia to submit a proposal for a presentation to the Medical/Legal Conference in Hawaii in January 2015. Having repeatedly heard "I wish I had known about Collaborative Divorce when I was going through my separation" as we all likely have, I thought about doctors as being on the front lines for families transitioning through separation and divorce and thought that their patients would benefit from them having information about Collaborative Practice.

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Margaret's Story

Margaret came to us in tears. Her husband of thirty years had told her that not only was he leaving her but that he already had an apartment rented. He was gone in under a week. A lifetime of expectations, understandings and commitments were shattered.

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