Over many years, FDR organizations have tried to get traction with the government for the regulation approach to family mediation and they were not interested. As a result, self-regulating FDR organizations have developed comprehensive practice standards, set expectations for training – including domestic violence and power imbalance training, set high certification requirements and a complaints process to protect the public. On June 22 2021, an article titled Mediation: The unregulated profession written by Gary Joseph was published in The Lawyers Daily. In the article, Mr. Joseph opines that poorly trained mediators are plentiful leading to uninformed participants, sometimes coerced…Read More
The journey to becoming a certified family mediator can be a cumbersome process. A main obstacle that aspiring family mediators come across is securing an internship to complete the required 100 hours of practical experience. With the growth of the family mediation profession, there is increased demand for aspiring Mediator-In-Training (MIT) supervisors. While there are organizations that offer internships to MITs, the waitlists can be long and it can take over a year to start the process. We want to help reduce this limbo period by encouraging family mediator professionals to offer supervision to MITs and help them complete their…Read More
The Disclosure Clinic ─ A New Service Offered by Shmuel Stern: A FDRIO Conversation with Matilda Kissi
Shmuel Stern is a family law lawyer currently on sabbatical obtaining his LLM in Family Law and running a limited scope practice at Disclosure Clinic – Ontario Family Law Financial Disclosure. Done Right. Follow his family law caselaw twitter feed @corrollaryrelief Shmuel, what is the Disclosure Clinic? The Disclosure Clinic is a limited scope service that fills a specific, and I’d say vital, gap in available family law services. It assists individuals to take a proactive approach to their financial disclosure, helping them fully disclose relevant information, including information not asked for directly on a Form 13 or 13.1 Financial…Read More
A conversation with Nick Bala FDRIO: Tell us about the parenting plan guide, and why these materials are being developed? The origin of the project was in part a response to a concern expressed by some more experienced professionals that some of their less experienced colleagues did not seem fully familiar with basic child development concepts, and were sometimes developing parenting plans that were not appropriate, especially for younger children. There were also concerns about the lack of materials to directly assist parents in Ontario, many of whom do not have professional assistance in making parenting plans. Further, even for…Read More
The Very Hungry Mediator: FDRIO member Mitchell Rose on the importance of feeding your clients and yourself well!
“…but he was still hungry.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Philomel, 1986) ——————————————————————————————————– I am always hungry. If I am not eating then it is likely that I am thinking about food – unless I am mediating. It has become a problem. Allow me to explain: Back in the day when I was a hardcore litigator, before I metamorphosed into settlement counsel and a mediator, getting enough to eat was never problem. Court normally starts at around 10:00 a.m. — leaving plenty of time for a hearty breakfast. During a day at court, one could always count on the judge calling a mid-morning break, an ample lunch recess, followed by an afternoon break…Read More