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January – Starting your Divorce?

December 30, 2019

Did you know that January is traditionally the month with the most divorce filings?

That means more folks start court actions towards divorce than in any other month.

If you are thinking about divorce, think about how you want it to go, how long you want the process to last, how expensive you want it to be and finally, think about how well you would still like to get along for the sake of your kids.

If all those things matter to you, then think twice about starting a court action. Think more about things like mediation and Collaborative Law.

How you start the divorce process speaks to how it may end. Court actions begin often by blaming and shaming one’s partner.

Mediation and Collaborative Law are all about moving forward civilly.

How you start is predictive of how you will end.

Interestingly, you don’t have to love or like each other or even behave well to start in a process that can lead you to a civil resolution.

To start, it just takes showing up.

Google mediation and Collaborative Law to learn more about these approaches to a healthier divorce.


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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, former parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America. He consults to mental health professionals as well as to mediators and collaborative law professionals about good practice as well as building their practice

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