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How Communication Skills Can Make or Break Your Mediation Process

Ever heard the saying ‘communication is key’? In the realm of mediation, this couldn’t be more true. Your ability to communicate effectively can greatly determine the success or failure of your mediation process. Whether you’re building rapport with involved parties, mastering non-verbal communication, or managing difficult conversations, your communication skills play an integral role in […]

Parenting Plans in Divorce Mediation

Parenting Plans After Divorce

Divorce can be a tumultuous time, but your children’s welfare remains steady as your top priority. As you navigate these choppy waters, creating a parenting plan might seem daunting yet it’s an essential component in this process. This document serves as a roadmap for your new co-parenting journey, laying out important details about each parent’s […]

Navigating the Division of Assets in Mediation

Navigation the Division of Assets

You might think that navigating the division of assets during a divorce is an insurmountable task. It can certainly seem overwhelming, but with the right guidance, it’s absolutely manageable. That’s where mediation comes in handy. This comprehensive guide will provide you with essential insights into the process of splitting marital assets throughout mediation. You’ll learn […]

Mediation: Good Enough for Royalty, Good Enough for You

The Crown Season 5

In exploring, and introducing, the concept of mediation to those unfamiliar, I would suggest logging on to Netflix and taking a look at the acclaimed Drama, The Crown, fifth season’s penultimate episode, titled ‘Couple 31’. Here, the exploration and understanding of the nuance mediation offers to those during divorce, is effectively managed.    A few […]

A Mediators Rant on Israel Palestine

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med. Since the outset of the latest flare up in the occupied territories, I have been repeatedly asked for my opinion on which side of the fence I am on. Rather than share it, I typically choose to listen and understand what side is theirs. My curiosity is usually fulfilled with a […]

Best Interests of the Child: Changes to the Divorce Act

As with any living document, The Federal Divorce Act is undergoing additional changes this year. While these changes were delayed from July 2020 due to Covid, their time has finally arrived and as of March 1, they will be implemented. We at Fresh Start Mediation, wanted to take the opportunity to discuss some of the […]

Love, Actually… Communication is Key

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med Spoiler Alerts for the movie Love Actually… ‘Tis the season to question what the greatest Hollywood contributions are to the holidays. From ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to ‘Die Hard’, this fun debate rages annually. While some people may disagree as to whether it deserves a spot in the top 3, 5 […]

Financial Well-being During Covid-19

Author: Jesse Richards Financial well-being is not just living on a budget, it’s about being prepared for the situations that can and will arise throughout our lives. In most instances, extraordinary expenses occur suddenly, such as loss of employment, home repairs, or vehicle repairs. Other situation can be foreseen and planed for, like retirement. How […]

Your Relationship – Fix, Endure or Leave

Author: Lisa McCallum, Divorce Specialist, Vlogger, Speaker, Author I never even considered the option of divorce. The only option in my mind was to fix whatever wasn’t feeling right between the two of us. Just fix it. I even went as far as to say “I will take all of the blame for whatever the […]

The Changing Face of Mediation

Author: Don Schapira, Q.Med One of our greatest strengths is adapting to changing times. After 9/11, the way we traveled was altered forever. Long hours in security queues, shoe & belt removal, and watch lists to name a few of the measures we readily accepted. The reason we embraced such strict measures was for our […]