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Setting aside the ‘I want to win’ mentality in divorce

The National Post highlights Ontario’s move toward mandatory information sessions promoting divorce mediation. Kathryn Blaze Carlson writes (excerpt):
Had Scott McLarty and his then-wife been forced to consider divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation, he might have been spared $15,000 in legal fees and a two-year court battle over spousal support.
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“I think it would have been a catalyst for us to take a step back, take a deep breath, and see if there were things we could sort out on our own,” said Mr. McLarty, 57, of the demise of a 25-year union that was ultimately settled out of court to save money. “When you’re going through a divorce, you’re angry, you’re depressed, you’re in an ‘I want to win’ mentality. The information session encourages you to try to work together and come to a solution.”


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