Show 93 – Life after a collaborative separation

A mother of two children describes her collaborative separation three years ago and how her family life has changed since. A coach and financial planner gave Nadia and her previous partner the support they needed to navigate the turbulent emotional waters of separation while taking care of their kids and the business of divorce.


A collaborative approach, whether it’s Collaborative Family Law, mediation, or coaching, is significantly less expensive in time and money than litigation. Also, no one knows your family and your children better than you. Who better then to decide how to take care of the ones you love than you? Especially while parents are deciding to live in separate homes, children need reassurance that they are cared for, safe, and secure.


As Nadia points out, a collaborative approach works better when you have the attitude to support it. Conflict will happen. It works when you’re willing to listen, consider each person’s suggestions and values, go back and forth with ideas, and be willing to find a plan that includes all those ideas, even while you’re grieving the changes in your family.


Local resources for mediation are Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener, Ontario and Family Mediation Canada.


Aired live: Sunday, March 25, 2012 0800-0900 Eastern Standard Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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