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New Year’s Resolutions for Divorcing Couples: A Guide to Navigating Separation in 2024

A conversation between Brad Hunter K.C. and Charmaine Panko

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Divorce can be a challenging journey, but entering the New Year with clear resolutions can significantly ease the process. Here’s a structured approach, based on a YouTube video, for those navigating this transition in 2024.

Resolution One: Resolve to Resolve in 2024 (00:48)


Opting for mediation over court battles can drastically reduce the time it takes to finalize a divorce. While court proceedings may drag on for months or even years, mediation can wrap up in a matter of months. This resolution emphasizes the efficiency of mediation, urging divorcing couples to choose a path that leads to quicker and less stressful resolutions.

Resolution Two: Tone Down the Conflict (4:40)


Reducing conflict is crucial for your own well-being and that of your children. It involves recognizing what is within your control and what isn’t. Avoid assigning motives to your spouse’s actions, as this often leads to a cycle of reactive behaviour. Utilizing a separation coach or counsellor can provide clarity on what can be controlled. This resolution is about managing emotions effectively and ensuring personal peace during this turbulent time.

Resolution Three: Reduce Your Legal Expenses (9:00)


Legal fees can accumulate quickly, so it’s essential to communicate efficiently and utilize resources wisely. Co-parenting apps can facilitate communication without constant lawyer intervention. Exploring mediation and collaborative law can also be cost-effective alternatives. Additionally, using tools like artificial intelligence (like ChatGPT) for communication can streamline the process, making it more straightforward and less contentious.

Resolution Four: Focus on the Future (14:50)


Focusing on the future rather than dwelling on past conflicts is vital. This involves positive planning and envisioning a life post-divorce. Think about how you want the next year to look – a year of integrity, common sense, and keeping children’s interests at heart. It’s about transitioning from life within the marriage to life beyond it, aiming for a harmonious and respectful separation.

Recurring Themes and Additional Advice (20:00)


The underlying message is to take care of yourself and plan for the future. The choices made during the separation process are pivotal in shaping what lies ahead. Maintaining ownership of your future and being respectful to your spouse are key elements. It’s about making decisions that align with personal well-being and long-term goals.

Conclusion: Make a Plan for Your Separation (21:30)

Divorce doesn’t have to be a chaotic end but can be a structured transition to a new beginning. By following these resolutions, you can navigate your separation with dignity, efficiency, and foresight, setting a positive tone for the year ahead.

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Brad was recognized by the Government of Saskatchewan as a Family Mediator, Family Arbitrator, and King’s Counsel (K.C.) as being “learned” in the law. Brad is also a Collaborative Lawyer and believes that the two of you can come to a solution effeciently with the right guidance.

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Brad Hunter, K.C.

Brad is dedicated to helping your family separate with dignity and recognizing what is best for both of you. For more than 40 years Brad has been practising family law helping families find solutions for one of the most difficult problems they can face – the end of a marriage. Brad believes that the two of you can come to a solution that best fits the needs of you and your family.

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