Ask an expert: Resolving family issues out of court

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April 14, 2022

In a family breakup, if you don’t agree on things, you don’t have to go to court. You can work through issues — whether about parenting, support, or dividing property — outside the courtroom. We show you how in a new set of videos and pages developed in collaboration with family law mediator and arbitrator JP Boyd, KC.

First, learn how approaches like mediation and collaborative negotiation are faster, cheaper, and more effective than fighting things out in court.

Then let JP Boyd, KC walk you through how family mediation works and how to prepare for it. Bonus coverage: he also offers tips on how to be successful on the day of your mediation.

Accompanying this ask an expert series (which is also available on YouTube) is a new page to help couples talk things through as they're going through a breakup. It offers tips for talking with your ex during separation.

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