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Macleod Boyle Law & Mediation Chambers
Suite 202 900 Morrison Dr,
Ottawa Ontario,
Phone:  (613) 723-1398
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Ottawa Divorce Lawyer

Macleod Boyle Law and Mediation Chambers (MB Chambers) provides an experienced staff of lawyers, mediators, and law clerks who handle a wide range of family law, estate, and court-connected cases in Ottawa. We offer multiple options and integrated legal services to meet our clients' needs. Together, using our client-centered approach, we will assess and choose a resolution option that is designed to match your real needs and interests. We have a convenient location in West Ottawa (Morrison / Greenbank right near the 417).

MB Chambers is dedicated to effective advocacy in cooperative as well as contested cases. Our lawyers and mediators achieve informed decisions and good settlements by utilizing a team approach which coordinates essential consultations, and information disclosure through to specialized dispute or issue resolution. Our highly experienced staff ensures that you receive the appropriate service and cost effective results. Your legal needs will benefit from our Ottawa family lawyers' decades of training and experience in law and mediation.

It is conventional wisdom that real results are derived through negotiated settlements crafted by the parties and their counsel, as opposed to the option of litigation or trial proceedings. At the same time Nigel Macleod is a highly effective trial lawyer with three decades of specialized Family Court experience. Moreover, our legal mandate requires that we present statutory models or legal issues during your consultation with us. Reliable information about your options is essential in any alternative law strategy.

The key point is that you are the ultimate judge of your own process or terms of settlement although we will definitely be making recommendations based on cost/benefit analysis. A wider range of process options with specialized legal and Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) professionals generates more possibilities for you to design and effectively control your own case.

Aside from offering divorce and family law services, MB Chambers provides a full-serve real estate department. Learn more about Anthony Boyle and the wide range of residential purchase or sale services or integrated refinancing for matrimonial transactions by calling 613-829-7000 x221 to speak with his assistant, Laura Latreille. Schedule a complimentary consultation and find out more about cooperative practice, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and collaborative law with Nigel Macleod (613-829-7000 x224).

Most of our clients are self-directed to our website and professional chambers as people learn more about cooperative practice, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, and collaborative law. Learn more about Nigel Macleod within this site or telephone 613-829-7000 x224 for Crystal Beattie, assistant to Nigel Macleod, to schedule a complimentary consultation.

Another community of clients are referred through other law firms. Lawyers refer cases to MB Chambers for specialized family law representation and uncontested divorces to maximize savings, while maintaining professional timely contact with important decisions. Family mediation, uncontested divorce and collaborative law are excellent opportunities in coordinated legal service delivery. We can help lawyers do a better job in fulfilling their larger solicitor-client requirements.

Lawyers also refer cases to MB Chambers for civil litigation, family or court-connected mediation sessions. Nigel Macleod was one of the first dozen mediators to be selected for the pilot mediation project in Ontario. Since 1997, Nigel Macleod has successfully serviced hundreds of mediation cases, as he continues as a roster mediator for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Project in Ottawa. He has maintained advanced practice status with the world's leading ADR organization, ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution) since 1997 and maintains the Canadian OAFM practice designation on an annual basis. 

Family Mediation

Family Mediation is a process that uses a neutral facilitator to organize discussion and settlement of a family law situation. The parties would meet with Nigel Macleod, Acc.FM (OAFM), Roster OMMP Mediator, in a general information session which overviews the mediation process and mutual needs of both individuals. This discussion is confidential and will cover practical aspects like mediation rates, disclosure requirements and scheduling information. This type of meeting will expose any contrary indications to family mediation as provided by MACLEOD BOYLE LAW & MEDIATION CHAMBERS through a confidential process.

The advantages of family mediation are:

  • Mediation focuses on a solution that is best for the family.
  • Mediation helps establish patterns of cooperative parenting that ensure the children’s needs will be met.
  • Mediation allows both parties to exercise responsibility in arriving at a decision.
  • Mediation maintains the right of each party to be an equal participant in the decision-making process.
  • Mediation encourages cooperation and agreement.
  • Mediation tends to result in a wise and enduring settlement.
  • Successful mediation is usually less expensive than most other methods of dispute resolution.
  • We recommend independent legal advice in all mediations. This is where each party will have the benefit of independent legal counsel before the final Agreement/Settlement is executed. Parties, however, can consult with a family law lawyer at anytime before and during the mediation process.

Our mediator will adapt the process to suit the material needs of the parties. Mediation sessions take place at our Ottawa office (West Ottawa at 202-900 Morrison Ave.) or a mutually chosen session site (eg.: Bay ST, Toronto). These meetings are conducted with proven interest-based negotiation processes and techniques. The discussions provide a safe and structured environment to position informed consent to the sequence of joint decision-making specifically addressing the parties’ comprehensive settlement.

Collaborative Family Law

There is a revolution afoot in how lawyers practice family law. It is being led by lawyers across North America who have re-conceptualized their roles as advocates and have restructured their relationships with clients and with other lawyers. They refer to themselves as collaborative law lawyers or collaborative practitioners. Believing that no party truly wins in acrimonious litigation and recognizing that the vast majority of family law matters settle prior to trial, these lawyers have made reaching a negotiated, consensual settlement the explicit goal from the very beginning of the process.

Collaborative Law is a voluntary dispute resolution process where the parties and their lawyers commit to resolving their disputes by negotiation without resort to litigation. The collaborative process seeks to preserve respectful and equitable relations between parties, particularly in situations where an ongoing relationship between them will continue after the immediate dispute is resolved. The goal of the collaborative law process is to maximize the best interests of all parties and avoid the negative economic, emotional and social effects of adversarial proceedings. The collaborative process preserves the parties’ privacy and control over the outcome of their negotiation while at the same time ensuring sound legal representation with advanced dispute resolution skills.

The advantages of collaborative family law are:

  • It creates a cooperative environment with open communications to help meet the needs of you and your children.
  • It establishes a team instead of adversaries. You all work together and retain control of the process.
  • It enables you to bring in expert consultants, such as child and family specialists and financial advisors, to provide valuable perspective.
  • You can schedule meetings without waiting for Court dates. This means you generally spend less time, and as a result, less money.
  • Your issues stay within the collaborative family law setting for more privacy and greater confidentiality.
  • You and your spouse shape the agreement together – which means you both are more likely to honour it and avoid any future returns to Court.

Initially conceived of by a Minneapolis family law practitioner in the early 1990’s, collaborative law entails clients and their lawyers working together toward the sole goal of reaching an efficient, fair, and comprehensive settlement of all issues. Each party and their counsel enter into a contract stating that the lawyer is retained solely to assist the client in reaching a fair agreement and that under no circumstances will the lawyer represent the client if the matter ends up going to court. If the process fails to reach agreement and one of the parties chooses to have the matter resolved in court, the collaborative lawyers are fired. Similarly, if a lawyer comes to the view that his or her client is not acting in good faith (e.g. not producing financial information, negotiating in bad faith, etc.) and the client is unwilling to curb their behaviour, the lawyer must withdraw from acting for that client.

Other professionals such as accountants, financial planners, child experts, family counsellors and divorce coaches who are retained to work within the process are also committed to ensuring the best interests of all concerned and are afforded the benefit of confidential involvement. Collaborative professionals view the process as a healthier alternative to traditional legal processes and clients report a high degree of satisfaction with the outcomes.

Clients who have had their family law matters resolved through the collaborative law process rave about how much better the process is as compared to the more traditional process. The process produces better outcomes for the parties and their families. It is generally faster and cheaper than traditional family law dispute resolution processes.


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