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So far Joel Miller has created 31 blog entries.

3 Tips to Feeling Better About Your Divorce or Separation

2019-09-23T19:40:59-04:00Tags: , , , |

Divorce and separation are tough for everyone. Not only are you going through a major life change and need to consider how you’ll move forward with your life, but you’re also likely worried about the “deal” you’re getting in the settlement. Here are 3 tips to help you through the process with a healthy perspective. 

What’s Legal Coaching?


Legal Coaching is a new concept in family law. It's providing self-reps with the skills and tools to enhance their written and spoken presentations. It helps the person representing them-self to be more effective and persuasive in court, negotiations, or mediation. It's putting a lawyer's experience at your finger-tips.

The Law Society of Upper Canada’s 2017 Family Law Summit

2017-06-27T17:41:00-04:00Tags: , , , , , |

Joel invited other lawyers to consider how they can support the growing number of people who can’t afford traditional legal services. In particular, fixed fee services allow the client to stay in control of their costs and feel more satisfied than with traditional services. Fixed fee services allow lawyers to access a larger pool of clients with minimal impact on overhead.

Julie’s Post: “A Punitive Costs Award Against a SRL – And the Lawyers Who Gloat”


Dr. Julie Macfarlane, Project Director of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, has given us permission to copy here a post she wrote on October 31st, 2016, for the NSRLP blog dealing with a costs award against a family law self-rep. It's well worth reading. She points to how common misperceptions about self-reps by lawyers and judges can cause real harm, and how everyone in the family law system needs to have a better appreciation of the difficulties self-reps face in trying to get matters heard fully and fairly. Thanks for letting us re-post this. JM

How a Stuffed Animal Cost One Man His Custody Case

2017-06-27T17:41:03-04:00Tags: , , , , |

One of the most interesting Ontario Superior Court of Justice decisions in a while has tipped us off to “the two magic words of custody cases.” One of Ontario’s most respected family law judges goes through a contested custody case, with lots of conflicting facts, and boils it down to 2 simple words of advice. He calls them “the two magic words of custody cases.” You won’t believe how sensible they are.