Hi, my name is Tim Colgan. I’m a divorce andcustody mediator with Colgan and Associates. Parties that I work with inmediation often ask me how can we be prepared to begin our mediation processso that we make the most efficient use of our time. Here are a coupleof things that you can do in preparing for mediation to help you. First, begin to compile and gather as muchfinancial information as you can. You’re going to need information regardingbank statements, retirement accounts, the value of your home,the balance owed on your
mortgage, any debts that you might have, anyother assets of any value. That information is going to be very helpfuland informative to both of you as you move through the mediation processand will help the mediator understand who the two of you are and theissues that you need to address. Second, if you can, begin thinking about yourforward looking needs and interests. Mediation is a process that allowsparties to begin thinking about where they want to be a year from now,five years from now, 10 years from now. In this process, you have the abilityto examine your own goals,
needs, and interests and in doing so evaluatethose goals, needs, and interests against possible options for resolution.In doing that, it’s a very powerful process that allows you to reallymake a very tailored and long lasting resolution for yourself. Finally, determine if there are any prioritytopics that you need to deal with during the first mediation session. Mediationis a great process because it allows the parties to control anddecide what issues they need to discuss first and foremost.
For instance, do you need to address a schedulefor the upcoming school year for your kids? Do you need to addresswho’s going to pay bills once you’re no longer living in the same home?If you give some thought ahead of time to any priority topics that need tobe addressed, the mediator will be able to hone in on those issues and beable to work with you first and foremost to be able to get resolution on thoseparticular topics. If you’d like more information about mediationor if you just want to give me a call to discuss any matter related tofamily law in general, property
division, child custody, or support, pleasegive us a call at 7175025000 or check out our website at cmlaw1 ..
How Do Fathers Get Custody of Their Child
Hello, my name is Brian Galbraith and I’mthe owner of Galbraith Family Law. We’re a law firm of family law lawyers located inBarrie, Orillia and Newmarket. How does a father get custody of his children? Now, there’sa myth out there that fathers never get custody of their children. This is based on the historicfact that, traditionally, mothers were primarily responsible for the care of children and fatherswere the bread winners. So it made sense, in those days, that thecourt would order custody to the mother since she was the one primarily looking after thechildren anyway. It was in the children’s best interested to be with their mother. Nowadays,both mothers and fathers usually participate
in the care giving and in earning the incomefor the family. As a result the Ontario courts are more inclined to order an equal time sharingregime for the children. If a father wants custody of his children,he needs to prove that it’s in the best interest of the children that he has custody. A strongargument would be that he was traditionally the one responsible or primarily responsiblefor the care, and that he can continue to provide the care that the children want anddeserve. Custody battles are often very nasty. They can take many months and even years toresolve and cost thousands of dollars in legal fees. The children often suffer when there’sa custody battle between their parents. As
a result we prefer to help our clients negotiatea settlement. One of the best processes to do that is calledcollaborative practice. That’s a process where the parties agree not to go to court and theywork with professionals to find a resolution to their petty issues and any other issuesthat they have to resolve related to the separation. It’s a very cost effective process and keepsthe power of decision making in the hands of the parents. Most importantly, it helpsprevent the children from being in the middle of a battle between mum and dad. If this tutorial’s been helpful, give it a thumpsup. And if you’d like to learn more information
or have one of our lawyers help you with yourcustody issues, please go to our website which is www.GalbraithFamilyLaw. You can book consultationswith one of our lawyers. We help clients with custody issues every day. We can help youtoo. Thank you..