Understanding Alternative Dispute Resolution in Divorce

Alternative dispute resolution refers to a family of conflict resolution processes intended to resolve disputes outside of the court system, including arbitration, mediation, negotiation and collaborative law.

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  • A primary goal of alternative dispute resolution is to help the parties settle faster than litigation and, as a result, is less expensive.

  • Alternative dispute resolution involves creating a forum between the disputing parties where sincere discussions about the dispute can take place and common solutions can be found.

  • Alternative dispute resolution has become the method of choice for resolving disputes in different situations. These include personal injury, construction, workers’ compensation, domestic relations, and labour relations to name a few.

  • There are several types of alternative dispute resolution services for different situations.

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  • Workplace and Employment Disputes

    • Wrongful Termination
    • Discrimination
    • Harassment – Bullying
    • Grievances
  • Community and Local Government

    • Public Bodies
    • Environmental / Local Authority
    • Local Community / Neighbour Disputes
    • Property
    • Landlord / Tenant / Rent / Leasing / Rent
  • Reviews

    • Management Companies / Homeowners
    • Builders / Sub Contractors / Homeowners
  • Disputes

    • Building Construction
  • Commercial / Civil

    • Commercial Disputes Between Companies
    • Contracts Of Any Kind
    • Partnership / Shareholder Disputes
    • Debt Recovery / Creditor Disputes
    • Loan / Bank Settlements
  • Medical

    • Medical Malpractice
    • Personal Injury
  • Sports Disputes

    • Eligibility Rules
    • Selection Criteria
    • Contractual / Commercial Disputes
  • Family

    • Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements
    • Separation / Divorce
    • Wills / Succession / Estate Disputes
    • Spousal Support / Child Support
    • Parenting Plans (Child Custody And Visitation)
    • Eldercare Issues (Living Wills)
    • Family Businesses
    • Farm / Land Related Disputes
    • Adult Sibling Conflicts
    • Disputes Between Parents And Adult Children

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  • Mediation is about learning – during our sessions you are likely to learn potentially uncomfortable things that must be addressed before you can move forward.

  • Mediation is about listening – both spouses will get an equal opportunity to tell their side of the story during mediation, and both parties must be prepared to hear the other out.

  • Mediation is about the future – this is not the time to rehash all the bad things from the past. No one can change what’s happened, but you can influence the future.

  • Mediation will be emotional – there will be times you feel like crying, laughing or yelling. I’ve seen it all. It’s all part of the process of getting to an agreement that lets you both move on with your lives.

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Ken Maynard CDFA, Acc.FM

I assist intelligent and successful couples in crafting rapid, custom separation agreements that pave the way for a smooth transition towards a secure future. This efficient process is achieved in about four meetings, effectively sidestepping the excessive conflicts, confusion, and costs commonly linked to legal proceedings. Clients have the flexibility to collaborate with me either via video conference or in-person through a DTSW associate at any of our six Greater Toronto mediation centers, located in Aurora, Barrie, North York, Vaughan, Mississauga, and Scarborough.

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