Yesterday I spent the day at the first annual conference of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario. Of particular interest to me was the panel of parents who spoke of their experience resolving matters with legal support. The panel consisted of 4 women, one of whom arrived late.
Three of the women sought to resolve their matter through the court system and the fourth through Collaborative law.
This is what I learned:
Two of three women litigated 7 years each at costs of about $200,000 each. Both of these women spoke of compromised mental health the result of their experience.
One woman used Collaborative Law and settled in 2.5 days.
One woman said she spent more on lawyers than she received in support payments. She reflected, “Court has a roar, but no bite.”
Another woman who went to court said she had 3 different judges on 3…
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