Views of The Child

Views of the child reports are important tools in family law proceedings.  The law requires the court to consider, where appropriate, the views of the children.  These reports are also very useful in helping parents make good decisions in mediation. While a mediator may decide to interview a child, Judges are very reluctant to have … Continued

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INTEGRATED ADR MANAGEMENT TRAINING

    BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute &  Victoria Mediation Services present: ADR – Conflict Resolution Training Presenter: Christina Hantel-Fraser Ph.D. When:            Tuesday, October 17, 2017   (8:30am-4:30pm) Where:          Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria, BC V8S 2M9 Canada Why:               To better understand the structure and dynamics of conflicts and to develop … Continued

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Coaching through the Conflict

Preparing clients for Settlement Workshop – The Role of Conflict Coaches in Resolution Presenter:    ROBERT BLANK, Registered Psychologist CHARLOTTE SUTKER, Registered Psychologist When:            June 1, 2017, from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm Where:           Barristers Lounge 850 Burdett Ave, Victoria BC This workshop is designed to discuss how conflict coaches can focus parties on resolution. … Continued

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Meeting with Children: Hear the Child Reports

Bearded dragons, Nerf Guns and Snakes! Free Workshop for family lawyers, mediators and arbitrators. Presenter:      Bobbi Poushinsky  Bobbi Poushinsky Mediation Services Inc. and Hear the Child Society Board Member This workshop is designed to explore practical and ethical issues arising from Hear the Child reports through a series of Vignettes. Vignette 1 – we will … Continued

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Wills Mediation Reduce Conflict and Restore Family Relationships

A Wills Mediation Clauses Could Help Prevent Future Conflict Two generations ago, there were very few Wills Variation actions.  There were fewer divorces, second marriages, or common law relationships.  As families have become wealthier, there is more to fight about. As families have become more complex, the relationships have become more convoluted.  These factors all … Continued

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Seniors facing separation have very different needs than younger couples

Seniors facing separation have different needs than younger couples. Understanding these needs is often a challenge for professionals who normally deal with younger people. “Seniors often have sufficient resources to separate effectively” states elder lawyer and mediator Michael Butterfield. “The problems arise when seniors have used a large part of their retirement nest egg to fund … Continued

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Lawyers are Expensive – Mediation can Help

Lawyers are expensive. Clients usually pay an hourly rate, based upon the lawyer’s experience. Depending on the city and the firm, this can range from $200 per hour to almost $1000 per hour. Lawyers are Expensive:  How can mediation help? The first thing to understand is that most civil cases settle without a trial. A … Continued

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Financial Disclosure in Family Mediations

Financial disclosure is an essential element in most family mediations.  Mediation is about compromise.  In order to compromise, each party must fully understand the family’s financial situation. The law in British Columbia generally divides all assets and all debts equally.  However, there are exceptions.  For example, a property which was in a party’s name prior … Continued

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