Cathryn Paul

Cathryn Paul
Oakville Mediation
Principal
ADR, Family, Mediation

Cathryn L. Paul, Oakville lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator, focuses on family mediation and arbitration.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, Ms. Paul earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Ontario.

She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 and the Bar of British Columbia in 1997.

Ms. Paul’s practice focuses on mediation, arbitration, and representation of children through the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.

She is certified with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation as an accredited family mediator and a child protection mediator. Ms. Paul is also a certified mediator with ADR Ontario, and has training in arbitration.

She works with separating couples, as a mediator or arbitrator, to help resolve issues of custody, support, and division of assets and liabilities.

Ms. Paul’s professional upgrading includes collaborative family law training; family law arbitration training; child protection mediation training; Ontario Collaborative Federation conferences; and certificates in family mediation, including courses in negotiation theory and practice, mediation theory, assessment screening for domestic violence and power imbalances, parenting plans, successful family transition, and court-based mediation.

In addition, Ms. Paul trains prospective mediators through an internship program.

Cathryn Paul In The News
Bringing the voice of the child into mediation

Understanding a   child’s perspective can be helpful for separating spouses using mediation for custody and access disputes, says Oakville family lawyer and ... Read more

Adjusting parenting arrangements after a move

Custody disputes arising after one parent moves away can be some of the most “intractable” conflicts often leading to arbitration or litigation, says Oakville ... Read more

Hot real estate market adding pressure to splitting spouses

The hot real estate market the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of the country is adding a new layer of stress for separating spouses, says Oakville family lawyer and ... Read more

Why living common-law is not the same as being married

It’s a familiar misconception that living together as common-law is the same as being married, but that’s not the case — particularly when dealing with ... Read more

Managing mental illness in family law mediation

When Oakville family mediator  Cathryn Paul  screens clients before a mediation, some may reveal their struggles with mental illness for the very first time. ... Read more

'Christmas is not an emergency': planning for child access

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season   impacts the family law courts as separated spouses rush to make last-minute arrangements to access their children, says ... Read more

More than $500,000 in legal costs for a family of modest means

By Cathryn Paul In the 2016 costs decision in the case of  Jackson v. Mayerle , Justice Pazaratz of the Superior Court of Ontario makes stinging comments about the ... Read more

What happens to pets in divorce?

The question of who gets the family pet after a separation is one that often arises in mediation — particularly since the courts refuse to handle “custody” ... Read more

Lost art of listening is essential to problem-solving

In a society obsessed with self-image and sharing on social media, many individuals have forgotten the simple act of listening, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator  ... Read more

Bad spouses, good parents: when 'nesting' works

For separating spouses who want to keep life as unchanged as possible for their children, “nesting” could be a reasonable, temporary option, says Oakville family ... Read more

Amicable divorce is possible with the right supports

Ensuring separating spouses have the right emotional tools and supports early in the divorce process can help achieve better outcomes for the whole family, says Oakville family ... Read more

Katelynn Sampson inquest shows child should be front and centre

The tragic death of Katelynn Sampson presents a powerful reminder that children should be at the front and centre of all decision-making – by educators, health-care ... Read more

Mediation allows for creative, flexible agreements

When it comes to making custody and support arrangements, finding a solution through mediation allows for more creativity and flexibility, says Oakville family lawyer Cathryn ... Read more

Mediator-arbitrator must take ethical approach

A mediator can also serve effectively as an arbitrator, providing that guidelines are set out clearly at the beginning of the process, says Oakville family lawyer  ... Read more

Mediation helps separating couples avoid costly court system

Mediation is becoming an increasingly popular method of handling separations as couples avoid the costly and often combative court system, says Oakville family lawyer and ... Read more

Online calculation system positive, but limited in scope

A new online support calculation system may well divert some family law cases out of the court system, but its impact will be limited, says Oakville family lawyer and ... Read more

Viral #divorceselfie photo a sign of positive change

The emerging trend of separating couples celebrating their split by posting a #divorceselfie can be viewed as positive, as long as it is remembered that one photo does not tell a ... Read more

Separated families should plan ahead for post-secondary costs

Separated parents are likely to share the hefty price tag associated with a post-secondary education for their child, but, like most issues in family law, details of the ... Read more

Family arbitration can help break a deadlock and preserve dignity

When it comes to family law proceedings, agreements that parties reach themselves tend to be the most lasting and meaningful, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator  ... Read more

In the right case, online dispute resolution is a useful tool

Online dispute resolution (ODR) is a beneficial tool in certain family law files, but – as with many technological advancements – it shouldn’t be ... Read more

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