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...

A Family Is A Family – LGBTQ & Divorce Mediation

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LGBTQ families and Divorce Mediation – Support for ALL families. I had an interesting comment conveyed to me the other day and it got me thinking – yes even on a Friday 🙂 I was reviewing a flyer...

Our Home or Yours

Our home or yours

 Our Home or Yours – Family Mediation in our home (office) or your home, now available in the Durham Region! Link to Press Release HERE     Our Office       Families F...

Changing Your Parenting Plan – FREE Workshop

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Your parenting plan is a living breathing document. It can change with the needs of your family and your children. These conversations need to happen and they are often challenging. Debbie Miles-Senio...

How Will Your Children Remember Your DIVORCE?

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Do you know the answer to the question – How will your children remember your divorce? It’s an important question and unless your children are very young they will remember it. If they are...

Conflict Preparedness For Youth- Are We Just Hoping They Will Learn These Skills?

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Teaching youth to better manage conflict are not skills that are being taught, unless there has already been a problem. We are reactive. Are these skills that we hope young people gain through life ex...

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 ...

9 Tips To Bonding In A Blended Family

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Think it’s tough to bond in a blended family? You’re right it can be, but there are ways to make it easier. Due to the sheer number of divorced families it stands to reason that many coupl...

Family Mediation on the Radio – Why Would I Need A Mediator?

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On December 28th 2014 I was pleased to be a guest on the radio program Mediation Station. Our topic was “Why Would I Need A Mediator?” So, I regularly have people say to me “Oh I am...

DIVORCE – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know!

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Have you been divorced before? If not, you probably don’t know where to start or what to do! That is not uncommon. Divorce – You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know I was sitting in the...