I Am Not the Bad Guy: How I Navigated My Divorce

Taking a stand during your divorce may cause your children to perceive you as The Bad Guy.  During a divorce, it is almost inevitable that there will be contentious issues that you'll have to take a stand for.

As much as I would've liked for my divorce to proceed smoothly, unfortunately, many divorces turn out to be acrimonious like mine. Needless to say, it is not only difficult for the husband and wife, but it is also hard on our children.

I Am Not the Bad Guy: How I Navigated My Divorce
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How My Divorce Made Me a Better Family Lawyer

There’s no sugar-coating how painful it is to end a marriage or long-term partnership. When I tell clients going through divorce that I understand their stress and anxiety, I’m speaking from experience.

In 2005, with two children under the age of four, my husband and I separated, and in the fall of 2008, our divorce was finalized. Our marriage hadn’t been going well for a while and we both knew it was the right decision, even though at the time it felt like I had somehow failed.

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HBO’s The Undoing – A Master Class in Narcissism

Did you watch HBO’s psychological thriller The Undoing starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant? The six-part miniseries features Manhattan power couple Grace and Jonathan Fraser, whose picture-perfect life comes crashing down when Jonathan is arrested for the murder of his mistress Elena Alvez.

I was on the edge of my seat for this nail-biter series and had some thoughts. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick synopsis: Kidman plays Grace Fraser, a successful psychologist married to esteemed pediatric oncologist Jonathan (played by Grant). The couple seems to be living a charmed life with their 12-year-old son Henry –– until Jonathan’s web of lies starts to unravel.

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1 False Allegations: When your Ex Lies in Court

Stop me if you?ve heard this one: divorce is often messy and can bring out the negative traits in people. Couples frequently disagree on issues like custody, parenting schedules and what to do with the matrimonial home, among other issues.

In my practice, I see the divorce process frequently transform otherwise reasonable people into the worst versions of themselves. They?re hurt, angry, unwilling to compromise and are intent on making their former partner pay for causing such a drastic change in their lives.

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Tips to Help Self-represented Litigants in Family Law

Everyone deserves access to justice, whether they have the means to hire a lawyer or not. It?s an increasingly important issue in family law, where the growing number of self-represented litigants (SRLs) is a clear indicator that the legal system is not working as it should.

In this column, I?ll unpack the reasons behind the surge of people opting to represent themselves and offer some tips and guidance on how to be successful if you choose that route.

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A COVID-10 Vaccine Will Bring its Own Problems

If you think a vaccine for COVID-19 will alleviate all the problems the virus is causing, think again.

As I recently discussed, many parents are having disagreements about whether it is safe to send their kids back to school. As the number of cases in schools continues to climb ? there were 342 cases in Ontario schools on the day I wrote this column ? the possibility of a second lockdown keeps growing.

But a vaccine will fix everything, right? Sadly no.

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The Risks of High-Conflict Divorce

Divorce is one of the most stressful events a person will ever experience. It impacts the most critical aspect of life: your children, where you live, your financial health and your sense of security in the world.

It?s been widely reported that the stress associated with a marital breakup can have a negative impact on your physical health and mental well-being. A new study from the University of British Columbia, suggests that divorce also poses an increased risk of death.

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