STUCK: Separating, Isolation & Social Distancing

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People are joking about being stuck with family during this time of isolation due to Coronavirus/ COVID-19. It’s not so funny when you are feeling stuck at home with your soon to be ex though. For man...

Families First Mediation MILESTONE! 10-Year Anniversary of the Grand Opening

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I was on vacation with my daughter last week and missed posting about a special milestone. The 10-year anniversary of the Grand Opening of Families First Mediation!! I have since started another busi...

Mediation MYTH – You Need To Be On The Same Page to Mediate

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The short answer – NO. I hear this all of the time, “we aren’t on the same page so mediation won’t work” or”my lawyer told me I shouldn’t mediate because we are so ...

Changes to the Divorce Act – Is Bill C-78 the Change We Need?

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On May 22, 2018 Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled Bill C-78. This Bill looks to make changes to the Divorce Act, an Act that has not seen changes in 20 years. Don’t mistake these changes fo...

Do You Know The Impact Of Separation/Divorce In Your Workplace?

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I think it’s fair to say that divorce is a costly, time-consuming and emotionally draining experience.  Although Separation is a personal matter, it is also a very emotionally charged one. It is not p...

Divorce Mediation & Informed Decision Making

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It’s fundamental to the divorce mediation process that you make informed decisions. The mediation process provides you with the opportunity to make decisions that work for your family, however there a...

Families First Mediation, Melissa speaking

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My name is Melissa Haddad and I am the first person you will speak to when you contact us, whether by phone, email or our contact form.  Since you get me first, I’d like to share with you who I am. Ot...

DIVORCE Is A Big Commitment.

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Divorce is a big commitment. It’s January, the month that has been labeled “divorce month” so it makes sense to talk about just that, divorce and the commitment it takes to move forward with it. One d...

Whose DIVORCE is it anyways?

Whose DIVORCE is it anyways?

This is your divorce, I shouldn’t have to even ask this question. This blog stems from things that I hear daily in my mediation practice. It’s a frustration for me both personally and professionally a...

Mediation With HEART

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I had a call from a local family law lawyer and was told that she recommended me to her counterpart because she felt that the case needed a mediator with heart. While I was happy that’s how I’m seen, ...