Jodi Armstrong, Partner, Family Law

There are certainly some similarities between a mediation report and a separation agreement: both documents outline agreed upon terms and both, at least appear, to have an air of finality about them.  Why then, once parties have gone through the mediation process and have received a final report setting

Thomas Dart, Partner, Family Law.

Lawyers who are also mediators are almost schizophrenic. As advocates, they have to pretend that they are, in effect, at war with the other side, a war which must be conducted with “civility”, but war nonetheless. As mediators, they have to find peace.  So should family law be conducted

This week, let me digress a bit from the family law field, although I think this topic is directly related to the issues we mediators face on a daily basis. If any of you have watched the Rick Mercer report on CBC television, you are undoubtedly a fan of his “weekly rant” in which he

By Douglas J. Manning, Partner, Certified Specialist in Family Law

I have provided services as a mediator and arbitrator for several years.  In addition, I have conferred with other mediators in the field.  Given our experiences here are some suggestions to make the best use of family mediation. 

  1. Be prepared – Review important issues and