Change is hard at first, messy in the middle, and gorgeous at the end.”
from Robin C. Sharma
Caroline offers a one-time SEPARATION PREPARATION consultation to Ontario spouses who are beginning the separation process. Caroline uses her dozen years of knowledge and clear language to answer your most pressing questions. This service is sometimes referred to as Early Neutral Consultation. This service is highly personal and can help you start the separation process on the right path. The fee for one spouse to have an hour-and-a-half appointment is $350 plus HST and the cost for two spouses to have a two-hour appointment is $425 plus HST. An extended health insurance plan may cover the fees. Use this link for more information.
Mediation is a way for you and your spouse to talk about parenting during and after separation. Caroline supports you to identify the topics to be discussed, explain your preferences, and consider a variety of possible solutions to the issues. Caroline will draft a Parenting Plan and review it with you to ensure it accurately reflects the decisions you have made together. Caroline now offers mediation to Toronto area parents on a pay-as-you-go or flat-fee basis. For more details on flat-fee mediation services please read this post.
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY LAW
Collaborative family law is a way of negotiating a separation agreement. You and your spouse retain collaborative lawyers and commit to respectful, fully informed discussions. As part of the collaborative team, Caroline guides you through conversations about your parenting arrangements. Caroline will also act as a neutral professional, supporting lawyers and clients during challenging discussions. Caroline ensures the process is balanced, emotions are managed and the negotiations are considerate and productive.
VOICE OF THE CHILD
Every parent Caroline has worked with believes that they intimately know and understand their child’s needs, preferences and concerns. And yet, all of the parents she has worked with have some disagreement about those very things. Caroline meets with children and adolescents and uses evidence based practice so they are comfortable talking about their separation related experiences. Hearing from your child or teen helps you bridge gaps in your awareness, shines soft light on your blind spots and affirms your strengths.
INDIVIDUAL SEPARATION SUPPORT
Caroline offers consultation services to parents struggling with specific separation-related issues. For example, Caroline will provide guidance on communication strategies after separation and divorce; supporting children through the many changes; understanding your own priorities and communicating them to your lawyer, or introducing new partners successfully. Fees are charged at Caroline's hourly rate and an extended health insurance plan may cover the fees .