What is arbitration?

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Many legal issues arise when a couple separates: custody and access, financial issues and dividing the family property are often the most pressing. Some people decide to attempt to resolve these issues without going to court and use one of a variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques. Arbitration is one of these techniques. It is…

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Paralegals in family courts not the solution

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence in family court decisions. Cases involving violence within the family make up a significant percentage…

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How can I support a woman who is dealing with mental health and substance use as well as abuse by her partner?

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Violence against women services generally are seeing more and more women with co-occurring issues. There are a number of reasons for this: As other community services become underfunded and over-extended, they are referring clients to VAW services Women who have experienced abuse and are also dealing with mental health or substance use issues prefer the…

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