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On December 3, 2021, the provincial-level Board of Directors of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation (OAFM) elected Chris Deeble, member of the Family Law Group, as a director, where he will serve a three-year term.

Couples can use family mediation to reach agreement when they separate. The mediator helps the couple identify issues and work out their own solutions in a safe and comfortable setting. The new Divorce Act asks families and their lawyers to think of using mediation, and to try solving their issues by mediation, if appropriate.

Since 2018, Chris has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the Ontario mediation community.

  • In 2018, Chris coordinated the submissions of the OAFM to Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
  • In 2019, Chris arranged for The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, as the keynote speaker of the annual joint conference of the OAFM and the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals, known as “Family Peacemakers”.
  • In 2020 and 2021, Chris was a volunteer judge of the annual Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition – the country’s first family law moot competition.
  • In 2019, Chris initiated an organizational review of the Ottawa Chapter, OAFM. In 2021, that review resulted in a reinvigorated local chapter, with the implementation of new Bylaws, Terms of Reference, and the redevelopment and subsequent rollout of a completely new website.

Called to the bar in 2009, Chris has been an Accredited Family Mediator since 2017. Chris is also an empaneled Collaborative Practitioner of family law and a Certified Online Dispute Resolution Specialist.

Read more about the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and Chris’ appointment here.

This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2021 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

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