News/Resources

Posted by Best4All December 11th, 2017

News & Resources

Separating and Don’t Understand Your Finances? Now What?

By Debbie Hoffman at HD Collaborative Law So, you came home today, walked through the front door, and your spouse blurted out “I want a divorce.” Wow. You hadn’t even had the chance to take off your coat. And now you’ve been up all night, unable to sleep, fretting...

Domestic Violence and Collaborative Practice

By Rita Davie at HD Collaborative Law In Spring 2018, our Waterloo Region Collaborative Practice Group (Best4All) undertook three full days of excellent training in domestic or intimate partner violence (IPV) screening for collaborative practitioners. We did this to...

Family Law: Asking About Child Custody

As a parent, nothing makes you more keenly aware of your decisions as your children. Not only do you need to keep these special members of your family safe, but you also want to minimize the impact of negativity at all costs. Unfortunately, throughout life there will...

CONFESSIONS OF A DIVORCE LAWYER: The Cost of Anger, Part 2

By Debbie Hoffman at HD Collaborative Law In Part 1, we discussed how the cost of separation and divorce can be reduced by implementing “the rule of non-engagement”.  Engaging in your ex’s anger or indulging your own will cost you money with every harsh word,...

Collaboration > Litigation Vol. 1

By Rita Davie at HD Collaborative Law As collaborative lawyers, we have a tendency to rattle on about the emotional, financial and time costs of litigation. You have caught on to our ploy; we want you choosing us as your lawyers, not the litigator down the street. If...

How Soon Should You Seek Legal Advice for a Divorce?

Every spousal situation is unique, and sometimes determining when you should seek legal advice when you and your spouse are considering divorce can be daunting. Not only does speaking with a lawyer often make things seem more official, but it also opens the door to...

CONFESSIONS OF A DIVORCE LAWYER: The Cost of Anger, Part 1

By Debbie Hoffman at HD Collaborative Law I know you’ve heard it before. When you separate from your spouse, you go through a grieving process.  You go through stages:  denial, anger, bargaining, depression and (finally) acceptance.  The grief you experience during a...

What is a Co-Habitation Agreement, and Do I Need One?

By Rita Davie at HD Collaborative Law A co-habitation agreement is a contract you enter into with someone you are living with or are planning to live with, usually in a common law relationship, that outlines your mutual expectations for what will happen if your...

10 Reasons to Choose Collaborative

By Rita Davie at HD Collaborative Law There are probably a thousand reasons why collaborative practice is the best method of family law, but here are my top ten: 1. Choice The collaborative process gives the parties the choice to meet when they're ready, where they...