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Family Matters TV show Highlights Alternatives to Court

James Loewen, Director of the Smartsettle Centre for Family Resolutions was recently interviewed by Justice Harvey Brownstone as part of the 24 episode TV series,  Family Matters. The episode highlighted three alternatives to court, Mediation, Collaborative Law and the use of eNegotia
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January Marital Meltdown

It is early January, Christmas has passed and those who have stayed in their marriages for the sake of preserving Christmas or for the sake of the children are reviewing their options. For some spouses the Christmas season has gone well and renewed their hope for their marriage. For o
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Separation Agreements: Staying in Control of the Process!

Couples considering separation come to a moment when they realize counselling is not enough to produce change, the advice of friends is not enough to hold the relationship together and the desire to save the relationship is not sufficient either. It is important to have an emotionally
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Avoiding Confusion in Separation Agreements with 4 or More Issues

Smartsettle Family Advantage I was recently encouraged to read the article “Four is the ‘magic’ number for our mind coping with information”. The article is found in the November 28, 2012 issue of Psychology & Psychiatry. It is also found on the Medical Xpress website
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Why do we recommend an “Out of Court “Separation Agreement?

The Family Law Act (2012) places a new emphasis on out-of-court settlements, encouraging people to settle family law cases without having to go before a judge. The new Family Law Act, which replaces the Family Relations Act, recognizes that out- of- court processes allow you to remain
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What happens when marriages fail?

Too often couples don’t receive the support they need to end their relationship well. Family counselors report an increase in concern for clients when they move from a time of trying to save their marriage to the realization that it is all over but dividing up the family assets. The w
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