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Chantel Lawton

Chantel Lawton has 4 articles published.

Chantel Lawton has been offering services in Collaborative Law since 2012. She has completed specialized training to be able to offer this service to her client’s and has worked extensively with the local group, Kawartha Collaborative Practice, to expand the services available in the area. Chantel is the current chair of the local collaborative organization.

Five steps to take following a separation

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1) Consider what is important to you

Your world may have been turned upside down and the plans you had for your future with your spouse suddenly look quite different. Often, couples who are separating have had struggles in their relationship that have been unresolved for some time. Now is the time to breathe and look inward.  Consider your own priorities and needs. Give some thought to what you want your new future to look like.  Or consider what you have learned from this relationship and what you do not want your future to include. What do you need for your future life? Write it down. Think about it. Revise it and write it down again.

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How is mediation different during the pandemic?

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How is mediation different during the pandemic?

The pandemic has brought many changes to the world, including the area of dispute resolution. Before 2020, a family mediation would typically look like this:

  1. Intake

Each person would meet individually with the mediator for what is called an intake. This would be done in person.  During the intake, the mediator learns, from each person’s perspective, some background about the relationship and the family, what the issues are, and what the individuals wish to resolve. The mediator also learns about the goals of each person. The mediator seeks information about how the couple communicate and interact. The purpose of the meeting is for the mediator to understand the situation from each person’s perspective. This helps the mediator design the mediation process to fit the family.

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Dispute resolution options in the post-COVID-19 world:

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Meetings like this may not be possible now but using technology means we can still help.

I went home from work one night, in March 2020, as per usual leaving my to-do list for the next day on my desk.  The next day included the expected set of tasks in my work as a mediator, settlement professional, and lawyer which included calls with clients, settlement meetings, drafting documents etc.

But the next day was not business as usual and my list and expectations went out the window.

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Collaborative Law: A cost effective alternative to court

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Collaborative Law is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process used to resolve Family Law Matters without going to court. Couples who are separating or divorcing can resolve issues such as parenting, income sharing, and property division, by using the techniques of collaborative law. Matters are resolved without the use of a decision maker, such as a judge or an arbitrator. It is a voluntary process in which the separating spouses reach an agreement which is then documented in a binding Separation Agreement.

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