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Geoffrey Carpenter is a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and parenting-coordinator. He received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Laws (family law) from Osgoode Hall. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University, sits as a Deputy Judge and Dispute Resolution Officer in Central West Region, is a panel member for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Family Law.
Mediation is a voluntary process to resolve family law disputes outside of court by allowing the parties to control the outcome.
Arbitration is a voluntary process where the parties select a professional who will make decisions about the issues in dispute.
Going to court is generally the least desirable way to resolve a family law dispute, but sometimes it’s the only option. Because every other method of dispute is voluntary, if one party refuses to participate then your only option is to go to court.
MEDIATION / ARBITRATION
Mediation/Arbitration (“Med/Arb”) combines the best of both worlds. The parties will first try to mediate the dispute and come to a resolution on consent.
Parenting Coordination (“PC”) is very different from Mediation and Arbitration. Rather than trying to help people resolve a dispute, PC is about trying to help people co-parent after there is a final resolution.