Child Custody & Access - Separation & Divorce

The decision to end a marriage or partnership can be a very difficult one, particularly if there are children involved. Deciding on whose primary care the children will be under, where they will live, working out parenting arrangements, and financial support for children are all issues that need to be addressed, and there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for all families. Some parents are able to come to agreements on their own in an amicable way. A lawyer or mediator can help with a parenting, custody, and access plan, and there are Provincial Family Laws in place that outline caring for children, including custody, access, and financial support. If parents are in conflict about custody arrangements, the courts will help decide in the best interest of the child. This is particularly important if one parent has had an incident or history of violence or abuse. Are you newly deciding to seek a divorce, and want an overview of how child custody works? Do you have a current custody arrangement, but want to know your rights to make changes? Do you have questions about whose obligations certain things are within your current custody agreement? We know you have a lot of questions. And we can help.

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Interventions for Children of Divorce

Custody, Access, and Psychotherapy

Offers up-to-date principles for working with children of divorce. The approach uses a theoretical context based on research and clinical findings to propose interventions for custody, access and therapeutic interventions. Topics include: developmental stages of the child and adjustment to divorce, mediation, custody evaluations and visitations, single parenting and remarriage, school-based programs, parent consultation and family therapy.

Separation and Divorce

Child Custody, Access, and Parenting Plans

Traumatic Divorce and Separation

The Impact of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Custody and Divorce

Traumatic Divorce and Separation integrates the conflicting mental health perspectives concerning trauma theory and the study of divorce, in what the author has termed "traumatic divorce" -- that is, divorce complicated by the high-risk factors of domestic violence, mental illness, and/or substance abuse. The text's interdisciplinary discussion examines issues of financial disparities for women following divorce, traumatic symptoms in children and adults, and the legal controversies about the admissibility of psychological theories related to abuse. The author also addresses: domestic violence as a gendered crime against women; the need for a trauma-informed judicial response; and the need for a systemic judicial response that incorporates an understanding of domestic violence and child maltreatment to provide services and protections. The book is an invaluable resource for professionals and academics in social work, forensic psychology, law, and related mental health fields, as well as academics interested in gender based discrimination in the courts.

What Every Woman Should Know About Marriage, Separation and Divorce

This book, written in 1980, answers the questions women ask about marriage, separation and divorce. In clear, easily understood language, it focusses on the financial, legal and business side of marriage. Whether you're thinking of getting married, wondering how much of your family's income and property is really yours, or thinking about separation and divorce, you'll find lots of practical information. This is a practical book written specifically from women's point of view.

Tug of War

A Judge's Verdict on Separation, Custody Battles, and the Bitter Realities of Family Court

Explaining complex family law concepts and procedures in a jargon-free style, this resource includes detailed information on how family court works, offers easily understandable case examples, and describes alternatives to litigation that are designed to help prevent families with children from entering the legal system to resolve disputes. Exploring subjects that apply to all parties involved in resolving separation, divorce, and custody conflictsjudges, lawyers, mediators, parenting coaches, psychologists, family counselors, and social workersthis reference demystifies the role of lawyers and judges, debunks the myth that parents can represent themselves in court, and examines each parents responsibility to ensure that post-separation conflicts are resolved with minimal emotional stress to children.

Traumatic Divorce and Separation

The Impact of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse in Custody and Divorce

Traumatic Divorce and Separation integrates the conflicting mental health perspectives concerning trauma theory and the study of divorce, in what the author has termed "traumatic divorce" -- that is, divorce complicated by the high-risk factors of domestic violence, mental illness, and/or substance abuse. The text's interdisciplinary discussion examines issues of financial disparities for women following divorce, traumatic symptoms in children and adults, and the legal controversies about the admissibility of psychological theories related to abuse. The author also addresses: domestic violence as a gendered crime against women; the need for a trauma-informed judicial response; and the need for a systemic judicial response that incorporates an understanding of domestic violence and child maltreatment to provide services and protections. The book is an invaluable resource for professionals and academics in social work, forensic psychology, law, and related mental health fields, as well as academics interested in gender based discrimination in the courts.

Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work

All of us, as Canadians, are touched throughout our lives by some aspect of social welfare, either as recipients, donors, or taxpayers. But despite the importance of the social network in our country, there has been no single source of information about this critical component of our society. Even professionals in the field of social work or social services have not had a comprehensive volume addressing the myriad features of this critical societal structure. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work fills this need. Over five hundred topics important to Canadian social work are covered, written by a highly diverse group of social workers covering all aspects of the field and all areas of the country. Practitioners, policy makers, academics, social advocates, researchers, students, and administrators present a rich overview of the complexity and diversity of social work and social welfare as it exists in Canada. The principal finding from this project underscores the long-held perception that there is a Canadian model of social work that is unique and stands as a useful model to other countries. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work will be an important source of information, both to Canadians and to interested groups around the world. The Encyclopedia of Canadian Social Work is available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.

Commentaries on the Law of Marriage and Divorce, of Separations Without Divorces, and of the Evidence of Marriage in All Issues

Embracing Also Pleading, Practice, and Evidence in Divorce Causes, with Forms

Maryland Digest Annotated, Covering All Reported and Many Unreported Decisions, from 1 Harris and McHenry to 123 Maryland... Under the American Digest Classification

A Key-numbered Index to All of the Case Law of the Appellate Courts of the United States; Samuel Want ... Editor, and J. Mercer Garnett, Jr. and D. List Warner, Associate Editors ...

Canadian Family Law

A CANADIAN BESTSELLER FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED For more than 30 years, Canadian Family Law has helped us to understand the legal issues surrounding marriage, separation and divorce, child custody and support. Now in its tenth edition, Canadian Family Law provides information on recent developments in family law, such as same-sex marriage, alternative dispute resolution and child support. Among the topics covered are: The rights and obligations of marriage The components of a separation agreement Spousal support Child support and the new guidelines Guiding principles regarding custody of children Property rights and division of property The divorce procedure Domestic contracts The enforcement of agreements Mediation and arbitration A comparative analysis of family law statutes. Illustrated with case studies, Canadian Family Law is the standard reference guide that people who are contemplating marriage, or separation and divorce, turn to for informative, readable and authoritative commentary.

Complex Issues in Child Custody Evaluations

Over the past five to 10 years, there has been a significant increase in the use of child custody evaluations by the courts. At the same time, the issues have become more complex and difficult. In this book, the author provides a theoretical and practical understanding of many of the issues. A key component is the integration of disparate research findings into a comprehensive resource that will enable the evaluator and the court to understand these complex issues. A second component is to provide a thorough understanding of the fact that divorce brings with it a set of complex needs, and evaluators and the courts must develop a paradigm for weighing these needs in a comprehensive manner.

Joint Custody with a Jerk

Raising a Child with an Uncooperative Ex: A Hands-on, Practical Guide to Communicating with a Difficult Ex-Spouse

Offers advice and communication techniques for dealing with common problems commonly faced by divorced couples who share custody of a child.

Surviving Divorce

Dating After Divorce

Child Custody

Divorce Support for Men

Mediation Centre of Hamilton

Offers comprehensive family mediation services to families experiencing separation, divorce and remarriage. Referral can be made by individuals involved, lawyers, the court, or agencies. Also provides child protection mediation for families involved with a Children's Aid Society. Also provides elder mediation services assisting families with challenges such as working out a plan of care for a elderly parent or addressing estate disputes.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General - Superior Court of Justice - Family Court - Off Site Mediation Services - Oakville - The Mediation Centre

Family mediators help parties reach an agreement on family issues including:
* support payments
* division of property
* custody of and access to the children
* any other family-related issues
* mediators do not take sides or make decisions for the parties

Child Protection Mediators assist families who are involved with the Children's Aid Society to work out a plan for their children which addresses the child protection concern.
* mediators cannot give legal advice

* service is offered away from the court location, at the office of the mediator

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - On-Site Mediation Services - Hamilton Central - Family Court

Family mediation is a form of dispute resolution where a neutral third party, called a mediator, assists the disputing parties to reach an informed and voluntary agreement on issues such as how to separate, parenting plans, and child and spousal support.

* Available on-site at Family Court for parties on the day of their first appearance, case or settlement or trial management conference, or motion.
* Off-site mediation is also available for parties who need more time or who don't have court proceedings started. Contact us for more information.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - Family Court – Litigation Department - Hamilton Central - Family Court

Holds records of divorces obtained in the last 25 years. Records prior to 25 years are archived but still obtainable.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - Family Law Information Centre - Hamilton Central - Family Court

A drop-in service that provides legal and non-legal information, regarding family law issues, such as separation and divorce. Services include guides, procedures, information and referral services, Mandatory Information Program (MIP), court-connected mediation services (on-site and off-site) and an advice lawyer.

Ontario. Ministry of the Attorney General, Court Services - Mandatory Information Programs (MIPs) - Hamilton Central - 151 York Blvd

Designed to ensure that parties starting a court application or bringing a motion to change are provided with upfront information to help the parties make informed decisions about the next steps in the parties’ family law case. Programs are managed by local family mediation and information service providers. In Hamilton the provider is AXIS Family Mediation Inc.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton (The) - Levels Separation and Divorce Support Program

Self-help groups available for Catholics who are separated, divorced or widowed.

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

Dr. Bob Kemp Hospice - Supportive Care

The program offer compassionate, non-judgemental bereavement support, to individuals and families experiencing loss.

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

The Women's Centre of Halton - Support Groups and Workshops - Oakville

The centre provides support groups for women in crisis, distress or transition to effect positive change.

Assertiveness Training:
* learn how to ask for and receive the things you want from life
* practice communication skills to be more assertive at work, in relationships and other areas of your life

Self-awareness group:
* participants learn how to identify harmful patterns and develop skills to improve relationships by communicating their needs more effectively without guilt, shame or fear

Depression and anxiety support group:
* come together with other women and learn tools to help cope with depression and anxiety

Self-esteem Series:
* focuses on making positive changes and facing challenges head on
* provides the opportunity to foster friendships, build confidence and promote positive thinking

Separation and Divorce:
* walks participants through the emotional stages of separating and divorcing an intimate partner (grief, anger, devastation)
in a safe, supportive caring group environment
* a chance to share concerns and connect with other women

Divorce Financial workshop:
* a divorce financial analyst discusses financial mistakes women can avoid
* topics include selling or keeping your home, support payments, income tax, banking and credit

Family Law 101:
* one day seminar introducing the basics of Family law and covering everything women need to know about separation and divorce
* topics include property division, spousal support, child custody and access, separation agreements and child support

Stress reduction:
* helps participants manage their stress and teaches strategies to work through the challenges of everyday life

Coffee and conversation:
* join the group for lighthearted conversation and snacks

Self care:
* a monthly drop-in workshop for participants to learn ways to practice self care in the midst of all of the chaos

AXIS Family Mediation

Provides court-connected on-site mediation services, comprehensive off-site mediation services, information & referral (IRC) services, and Mandatory Information Programs (MIP's)

Internship and volunteer opportunities available