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Over the years, I have conducted hundreds of counselling sessions with couples.  Many of these relationships have weathered a variety of crises, loss and transition.  Some couples have endured a lot through over a short time, while other couples have struggled through many years of a long relationship.  Unfortunately, one of the common features by the time couples enter counselling is the desperation with which the couple struggles. I want to send a message to all couples out there, which is, attend to your marriage.  There is a reason for my deliberate choice of the word "attend". As defined by Mirriam-Webster, attend is a verb meaning, to be present at, to pay attention to, to look after, to take charge.  For any person in a committed relationship, the key to success is to be present and pay attention to your relationship before you feel the sense of desperation.   Here are...

I have been asked multiple times to present at the Mandatory Information Sessions for parents in the province of Ontario. These sessions are described on the Attorney General of Ontario’s website: Mandatory Information Programs (MIPs) are available at family court locations across Ontario. MIPs provide attendees with information about separation/divorce and the legal process, including: The effects of separation and divorce on adults and children Alternatives to litigation Family law issues The Family Court process Local resources and programs for families facing separation and/or divorce If either spouse/parent has started a family court case, both spouses/parents must attend the MIP as the first step in the case. There are some exceptions to this rule including: Parties in cases that are proceeding on consent (where both parties agree to the order that is being requested) Parties in cases in which the only claims made are for a divorce, costs, or an order incorporating...

At the point of separation, many parents reach out to a family law lawyer for advice on property matters as well as custody and access issues. Parents are filled with fears – fears of what the future will hold, where they will live, how they will financially manage and how to remain an active part of their children’s lives. The fears manifest themselves into defensive behaviours which often includes a legally supported position that a parent should not leave the matrimonial home until there is some kind of custody and access plan in place, no matter how long that takes. This is all well and good in relationships that end amicably. Imagine for a moment a couple who has done nothing but argue for years. Or where one person has had another relationship outside of the marriage and their spouse has just become aware. There are many examples of separations that...