Separation and Divorce Services
Separation and divorce can be a challenging and difficult experience for many. It can mean significant changes to your life. When you separate, you are dealing with both the emotions of the separation and the 'business' of separation. Mediation is a non-adversarial approach that understands both the emotion of and business of separation. Mediation can help with resolving the separation by helping you in reaching a mutual agreement for both parties. Mediation is an alternative to the court process which is often adversarial and can exacerbate conflict.
Shazeeda Haroon has successfully completed the Family Mediation Certificate program at York University. Though the practice of mediation is a new endeavour for Shazeeda, she has over 20 years of experience working with families and children and 7 years working in the field of separation and divorce.
We offer individual services or group workshops to teach effective and successful co-parenting tools and strategies. This program helps parents to navigate the pitfalls which often arise and helps to learn how to work effectively together. Coparenting coaching is often recommended during litigation to support the best outcomes for your child/ren.
Custody assessments aim to provide parents with recommendations related to whom will make decisions for their child and/or children, commonly known as custody or decision making, and how each parent will spend time with their child and/or children, referred to as parenting time or access.
RESTORE Counselling and Family Services provides an in-depth assessment to parents who are experiencing challenges coming to agreement about what may be best for their child/children.
Assessments can be completed for families whom are already involved with the family court or those who are seeking an alternative to litigation, but are is need of professional support and expertise.
Voice of the Child Reports (VOC)
A voice of the child report reflects the views and preferences of a child. It is a neutral report of a child's perspective on issues and concerns that may impact on the child. A voice of the child can assist parents in making decisions for their children in various domains of their life including a parenting time schedule, activity and school preferences. There are various reasons parents may use a VOC report including when they have different views of their child's preferences, or they want to include their child's perspective in decisions they will make for them.
Family Reunification Services
Services to assist families restore parenting time after a disruption or when children are resisting parenting time. Families participate in a consultation to determine the reasons for the disruption and/or resistance as well as their suitability for reunification. After the consultation a treatment plan or recommendations for other services are developed.