Cathryn Paul

Cathryn Paul
FIRM:
Paul Family Law Professional Corporation
POSITION:
Principal
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
ADR, Family, Mediation
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Cathryn L. Paul, lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator in Oakville, Ont., 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 Posts

Vital to be honest with financial records in separation: Paul

The process of separation can be difficult and emotionally charged, but it’s always important to remain open when it comes to disclosure of financial records, says Oakville mediator and arbitrator Cathryn Paul. Read more

Using mediation for the finer details avoids court costs

For separating spouses, mediation can provide a non-adversarial approach to resolving issues that courts often don’t handle, says Oakville family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator Cathryn Paul. Read more

Mediation can help couples narrow disputed issues

When breaking up gets too hard to do in court, divorcing couples are increasingly taking a time out from litigation to settle some or all of their issues in mediation, says Oakville family lawyer, mediator and arbitrator Cathryn Paul. Read more

Unbundled legal services

By Cathryn Paul . If you are representing yourself in a family law matter, you are not alone. Over half of the litigants in family court are not represented by lawyers. For many, it is because their incomes fall above the threshold to qualify for Legal Aid but fall well below what one reasonably needs to earn to afford a lawyer on a full retainer. Read more

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 mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 property, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 Oakville family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 impact of high conflict litigation on a family of modest means. 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” over animals, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul . 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 Cathryn Paul. 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 lawyer and mediator Cathryn Paul. 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 lawyer, mediator and arbitrator Cathryn Paul. Read more