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Negotiating ‘grey’ divorce comes with unique challenges

The collaborative process can be effective when it comes to negotiating a “grey” dovorce… Read more

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Decision underlines importance of financial disclosure

A recent Superior Court judgment shows the risk of discounting financial disclosure during a split, says St. Catharines family lawyer… Read more

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Scorched-earth approach to family litigation backfires

In one case, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) upheld a trial judge’s order that a man pay his former spouse $490,000 in costs as […]

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Case affirms confidentiality – even without specific clause

A recent Superior Court of Justice case reinforces the importance of confidentiality in mediated settlements, St. Catherines family lawer Sharon Silbert tells Law Times… Read […]

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Judge reinforces importance of confidentiality

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision underscores the importance of confidentiality for mediation matters, St. Catharines family lawyer and mediator Sharon Silbert tells AdvocateDaily.com… Read […]

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Collaborative approach effective in high-stakes divorces

There is an alternative to an acrimonious divorce for high-net-worth individuals or people with businesses, St. Catharines family lawyer Sharon Silbert tells… Read more

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6 Great Children’s Books for Families Going Through Separation or Divorce

For families in the midst of a separation or divorce, books can play an important role in encouraging natural conversations with children about their feelings […]

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Exciting News!

Our team at Sharon B. Silbert Professional Corporation Family Law + Mediation is growing! We are excited to welcome Vanessa Tharen as a mediation intern. […]

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5 Tips for Finding a Family Lawyer That’s the Right Fit for Your Unique Situation

With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. Fortunately, […]

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Our Team is Growing!

Sharon B. Silbert Professional Corporation Family Law + Mediation is pleased to welcome law student Stephanie Feld to our team this summer. Stephanie recently completed […]

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Solid negotiation skills crucial for family lawyers

Sharon had the pleasure of speaking to the Advocate Daily about a recent study revealing that negotiation is the most common way that matters are resolved in […]

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Mediation: Helping divorced parents learn to work together

In her recent article published in The Globe and Mail, Erin Silver speaks candidly about how hard she has found it to co-parent since her […]

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The Value of Pessimism in Family Law Negotiations

Breaking news: maintaining a bit of pessimism in family law negotiations just might serve you well. Does this sound counterintuitive? Shouldn’t we remain optimistic about […]

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Split: A Film for Kids of Divorce (and their Parents)

“It’s not like what you think, really. We’re still a family, but we don’t live in the same house anymore. That’s all.” These are the […]

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What is Your Conflict Intelligence?

Are you aware of how you usually act when you engage in conflict? Do you have “hot buttons” that are continually pressed by others, or […]

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“Getting the Most out of Family Mediation”: A Free Family Mediation Guide for Clients!

Going through a separation can be confusing. Many couples assume that their case will ultimately be settled by lawyers or by going to court, but […]

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Divorce and Separation Workshops in Niagara

Separation can be very hard on involved children, and parents often aren’t sure where to turn for support. Thankfully, Pathstone Mental Health in Niagara offers […]

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Separated and Co-Parenting? There’s an App for That…

There are apps and websites available nowadays to help us streamline every aspect of our lives, and co-parenting might have just gotten a little bit […]

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Six Things You Can Do to Manage Conflict Better

There’s no way around it – conflict is hard. Most of us try to avoid, postpone or passive-aggressively fend it off. But it’s usually inevitable, […]

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What is a “Parenting Plan”?

Parents’ separation can be very difficult for children. One way that parents can help to make the transition as smooth as possible for their kids is to develop a […]

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Combining Mediation and Unbundled Legal Services to Provide Greater Access to Justice

The following article originally appeared in the July 25, 2014 issue of The Lawyers Weekly, published by LexisNexis Canada Inc. It was inspired by the writings of Kari […]

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How University of Toronto Alumni and Students are Changing Family Law

Sharon Silbert was recently featured in an article in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law‘s Nexus Magazine about the ways in which the practice […]

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New Legal Aid Initiatives Support Out-of-Court Settlement of Family Law Disputes

Legal Aid Ontario recently announced the launch of two new programs aimed at broadening the supports available to low-income Ontarians who wish to resolve their family […]

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Family Mediation Basics

Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General has created a helpful list of questions and answers about family mediation for individuals looking to understand its basic […]

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Some Benefits of Staying Out of Court

I’m pleased to be quoted on the Advocate Daily website, talking about some of the benefits of out-of-court resolutions for families going through transitions. Here […]

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Lessons from Sesame Street for Parenting through Divorce

The Sesame Street website contains a toolkit called “Little People, Big Challenges: Divorce”, to help parents, children and extended family understand and cope with the […]

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Family Mediation on the Other Side of the World

At the beginning of this month, New Zealand took a big step towards transforming its family justice system. In order to move away from the […]

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What’s a Retainer?

A retainer is essentially a deposit towards the cost of legal services. It is an amount paid to our firm in trust, for deposit to your credit in the firm’s trust account, and it will be applied periodically towards accounts for legal services and disbursements when accounts are delivered.

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What’s a Disbursement?

Disbursements are expenses incurred by the firm for out-of-pocket expenses that you would be responsible for paying if you handled the matter for yourself. Because […]

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Timing is Everything

One factor that can have a tremendous impact on the way a separation plays out is timing. It is quite common for a couple that splits to have one person who has been contemplating separation for a long time, and another for whom the decision to break up is much more recent, or even imposed on them against their will.

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What to Tell the Kids

One of the biggest concerns for parents who have decided to separate is how to let their children know about the change to their family […]

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Family Mediation Myths

If you are considering using mediation to help you resolve the issues related to your separation, you may have encountered some of the following misconceptions […]

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Learning the Language of the Law

If you are going through a separation or divorce, you will likely find yourself on the receiving end of lots of new information about family […]

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What to Do with the House

Deciding what to do with the house they own together is often one of the most difficult issues faced by a separating couple. There are […]

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Keeping Legal Costs Down

The separation process, which usually involves transitioning from a single household with shared expenses to two separate households, is a difficult one for most people […]

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