Brahm Siegel: Hague Mediation
Do you have a case where a child has been wrongfully removed from, or wrongfully retained in, Canada?
If so, consider mediating with me. In February 2023, I completed a course on cross-border mediation with FDRIO (Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario). Mediating these cases makes good sense for the following reasons:
- Unlike before the pandemic, almost everyone (mediators, lawyers and clients) is now comfortable mediating online.
- Mediation allows for discussion (and agreement) on a variety of topics you will not get at a Hague hearing which only results in a determination of the jurisdiction in which the contested parenting battle will be fought. Mediation allows for agreement on a wide variety of issues, including temporary (or Final) parenting schedules and all things financial – far more productive.
- With the amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act in March 2021, judges now have the ability to direct parties to mediate. More and more courts are considering this option which makes ultimate sense to consider between the time the Hague application is filled with the Central Authority and the hearing date in court.
I was called to the Bar of Ontario in February 1995 and have been a Certified Specialist in Family Law with the Law Society of Ontario since March 2008. I have 17 years experience as a mediator/arbitrator, am certified with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation since April 2011 and as arbitrator with FDRIO since June 2017. I offer excellent availability at competitive rates.
Call or email for inquiries – Brahm D. Siegel, C.S Nathens, Siegel LLP
4711 Yonge Street, Suite 101 Toronto, ON M2N 6K8
416 222-5980, ext. 2400