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Divorce & Separation


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When separation happens, families are forced to re-organize. Parents have to chose new arrangements, kids might need help to adjust in positive ways, and communication still needs to happen despite negative emotions and disagreements getting in the way. 


To help with this life transition, Strong Ties offers different services that aim to reduce conflict, improve communication and implement thoughtful parenting decisions that respond to children's developmental and emotional needs.

Parents usually come to talk about:

  • Living arrangements

  • Parenting time

  • Caregiving for the children

  • Communication between parents

  • Communication with the children

  • Extra-curricular Activities

  • Clothing

  • Education

  • Discipline

  • Extended family

  • Introduction of new partners

  • Communication between parents


Collaborative divorce is a NO-COURT process.
Qualified professionals - including collaborative lawyers, divorce coaches, child specialists and financial experts - help parents create unique solutions that respond to the family values and goals. A full team supports both parties and agreements are made taking into consideration their impact in all family members. 
While working along lawyers and financial experts, Strong Ties only offers services of:


A Divorce Coach is a licensed mental health professional trained to help you and your partner communicate and solve family and parenting matters.  
Besides providing the emotional support you need through this process, a divorce coach is trained to help you create a Parenting Plan that responds to the needs of your children and your family.
The Parenting Plan can later be included as an appendix in your Separation Agreement.   


A Child Specialist is a licensed mental health professional that focuses exclusively on children's needs and concerns.​

​Within the Collaborative Process, the Child Specialist meets only with the children and later brings children's views and interests to the parents and divorce coaches. Information provided by the Child Specialist helps parents take into consideration the children's needs in the Parenting Plan. 



This is a process where psycho-education, mediation and counselling skills are used to help parents manage conflict, improve communication and find optimal decisions that benefit the whole family. This approach is solution-focused and strength-based, aiming to find effective ways to move forward. The goal is to help parents identify areas of conflict, develop new skills, and make thoughtful decisions while focusing on the developmental and socio-emotional needs of children. The work in co-parenting counselling can be translated into a parenting agreement; however, many families - who already have a separation agreement  - benefit from having a qualified professional mediate hard conversations that can eventually lead to new parenting decisions. 

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Gisella La Madrid is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, trained to perform co-parenting counselling as well as the role of Collaborative Coach and Child Specialist.

To request more information or book an appointment

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