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...

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, ...

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Divorce No Longer Public

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In a National Post article today I read that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have announced that they will now be handling their divorce privately, which I am so happy to hear. Read the article here: htt...

Child Custody Battles And A Broken System

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Custody battles are difficult enough but within a broken system they are doomed to be more damaging to families. Here is a link to a post in the Toronto Sun today by Michele Mandel. Judge blasts warr...

Ashley Madison – A Time For Some Difficult Family Conversations

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“I think it’s time to bring the personal family issues of the leaked Ashley Madison users back into the private world. No media, no courts, just families having these difficult conversations in ...

Difficult Conversations – Getting The Death You Want

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Mediation and having difficult conversations about death are probably not things that you think belong together, but they do. Have you told your loved ones what your end of life decisions are? As a so...

Why Is Mediation The Best Kept Secret?

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As a Mediator my role is to help people communicate through conflict, to find resolutions to problems and to actively participate in decisions.

Mediation is a fair, safe and balanced process that ensures everyone has a voice. It’s less costly than the legal process and much more efficient in most cases.

Yet I still wonder daily why mediation is not as common place as counselling or lawyers? People in conflict tend to call a counsellor (to deal with the emotional side) or a lawyer (to deal with the legal side). A mediator helps deals with the practical side of conflict which is often where the biggest problems occur.

Changes To The Family Law Process In Ontario Are Still Needed

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Here’s a letter that I wrote back in 2010 to a person that wanted support from someone in the “divorce industry’ to help them with their battle to change the Family Law Process. I had the added (dis)advantage of having also personally gone through it. I just found it and had a quick read. I still feel strongly that lawyers and mediators should work together more to benefit our clients. I have however softened a little as I have met some wonderful lawyers that ARE client focused. Have a read and let me know what you think. I’d love the feedback.

I’m writing this letter in support of your efforts to bring awareness to the changes so desperately needed in the current family law process.

Human Resources and Mediation – A Dynamic Duo

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It’s well documented that employee stress is a growing concern for organizations today. Stress that negatively impacts the workplace may come from work, personal or family sources.

Workplace dynamics are as unique as each organization and should be aligned to the organizational culture. Having strong Human Resource Management is important to balancing workplace dynamics.

A key role for Human Resources (HR) is to act as an employee advocate.   External mediators act as partners to assist with disputes and training. Mediation provides a process that is fair, balanced and confidential. Whether founded or not, a common criticism of HR partners is that they are in place only to support management and employee issues are not dealt with fairly.