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  • Family Matters DVDs

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    Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 1 - 5

    First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
    Season 1, Episodes 1 - 5, Disc 1 of 3

    Episode 1. Parental Alienation
    Guests: Lorne MacLean, Rhonda Pisanello

    In recent years a new "buzz word" has evolved in the family law world: parental alienation. This is a term which refers to the very concerning practice among many separated parents of doing everything within their power to turn their children against the other parent. Why is it so difficult for some parents to accept that their children have a right and a need to enjoy a happy, healthy, loving relationship with both parents? How effective is the family justice system in addressing this serious problem? There are some very innovative and ground-breaking solutions being implemented by the mental health profession. What are they and do they succeed in re-integrating alienated children with their non-custodial parents? Learn all about this fascinating phenomenon in this special episode of "Family Matters".

    Episode 2. Grandparent's Rights
    Guests: Emmanuel Witzman, Daphne Jennings

    In this new age of "cyberlove" and casual relationships, the family law world is seeing an avalanche of short term relationships that fizzle out quickly - but they last long enough to produce children. There is a new-found emphasis on the rights and responsibilities of grandparents, particularly when people become parents at an early age. What does the law say about the role that grandparents are allowed to play in the lives of their grandchildren following a family breakdown? How do the courts treat grandparents? Join Justice Brownstone in this groundbreaking landmark episode featuring experts who will share their advice on this increasingly important topic.

    Episode 3. Parent Coordinators
    Guests: Shelagh Kinney, John-Paul Boyd

    One of the most exciting new fields that has arisen in recent years is parenting coordination. A growing number of separated and divorced parents have opted to resolve their disputes privately, without going to court, by relying on the assistance and expertise of specially trained social workers and mental health professionals who serve as parenting coordinators. What are the pros and cons of using this form of alternative dispute resolution? How much does it cost? What kinds of parental disputes are best suited to parenting coordination? How do you find parenting coordinators in your community? Join Justice Brownstone and his expert guests for a lively and highly informative episode where all of these issues will be discussed, and much more.

    Episode 4. Marriage Confidential
    Guest: Pamela Haag

    What is happening with marriage in North America today? Both as an institution and as an evolving construct for relationships and partnerships? This episode looks at Marriage Confidential. The goal on this show is to explore all aspects of family and marriage. The guest is Pamela Haag. She has written an insightful and controversial book entitled, Marriage Confidential: The Post-Romantic Age of Workhorse Wives, Royal Children, Undersexed Spouses, and Rebel Couples who are Rewriting the Rules.

    Episode 5. The Smart Divorce
    Guest: Deborah Moskovitch

    One-on-one conversation with Debrah Moskovitch, author of The Smart Divorce. Learn how to turn a relationship breakdown into a positive life-changing experience. Learn how to minimize conflict and enter into child-focused decision-making. Learn how to reinvent yourself from an "ex-partner" to a "co-parent". And best of all, learn how to surround yourself with the people you need to maximize your opportunities for success in dealing with an ex-partner.

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    Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 6 - 10

    First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
    Season 1, Episodes 6 - 10, Disc 2 of 3

    Episode 6. A View from the Bench
    Guest: Judge Michael Porter (retired)

    This episode provides the rare privilege of hearing from an outspoken retired family court judge from Alberta who spent 22 years resolving all kinds of parental disputes. We will have a frank and candid discussion and I have invited him to unleash his most forthright insights into the family justice system. He will also tell us why he left the court in 1997 to pursue what he believes is a much healthier and effective way to help parents resolve their conflicts.

    Episode 7. Sex Addiction
    Guests: Doris Vincent, Cathy Patterson-Sterling, Andrew McWhinnie

    Given the advent of the Internet with its seemingly limitless availability of sexually explicit content, it should come as no surprise that this can be a serious challenge for many people suffering from potentially addictive personalities. What are sexual addictions? How does such an addiction develop? What is the impact on relationships and families when a parent is suffering from a sexual addiction? What are the signs that partners and loved ones should look for if a sexual addiction is suspected? How, if at all, do sexual addictions affect one's parenting capacity? What help is available for people suffering from sexual addictions and their partners? Join Justice Brownstone as he probes all of these issues with experts in the field.

    Episode 8. Men's Issues in Family Law
    Guests: Theo J. Boere, Elisabeth Strain

    In the last half-century, parenting dynamics in many families have changed, as more moms have entered the workforce, requiring more dads to share the parenting duties. In fact, it's no longer that uncommon to find some families with stay-at-home dads, with moms who are the breadwinners. How has this shifting culture been reflected in parenting arrangements after separation? Courts make custody and access decisions based on the best interests of the child, not the parents. But many people continue to express a very disturbing perception of the law and the justice system, and there's a lot of advocacy for 50-50 shared parenting. What does the law have to say about that? And what can be done to make mothers and fathers more child-focused in their parenting decisions?

    Episode 9. Pets and Divorce
    Guests: Rebeka Breder, Dr. Rebecca Ledger

    Any pet owner will agree that pets are family too! What happens to pets when family breakdown occurs? What is the best way to keep children and their pets emotionally bonded even if they can't live together? How do you get pets to become accustomed to living in two (or more) different homes? How do you ensure a harmonious household if new pets (for example, a parent's new partner's dog or cat) are introduced into the home? Is it a good idea to give a pet to a child experiencing the angst of parental separation, to help relieve the child's stress and loneliness? Do pets experience grief and anxiety when a family breaks up?

    Episode 10. Domestic Abuse
    Guests: Judge Gary Cohen, Carolyn Fast

    Although this topic only infrequently receives public attention, it is a sad reality of North American life that many homes are fraught with domestic violence. Quite apart from the trauma that this imposes upon victims, it is now well-accepted that when children witness their parents arguing and fighting, this is a form of child abuse. How prevalent is domestic violence? Why does it occur? Can it be prevented and treated? What can be done to insulate children from this situation. How effective are the courts in addressing this serious social issue? Justice Brownstone will address all of these issues in this much-anticipated episode.

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    Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Season 1, Episodes 11 - 15

    First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
    Season 1, Episodes 11 - 15, Disc 3 of 3

    Episode 11. Remarriage after Divorce
    Guests: Karina Sacca, Paula Bisacre

    What are the potential obstacles to achieving a lasting happiness the second - or third - time around? What are the pitfalls you should be aware of in creating a blended family? It looked so easy on the Brady Bunch, but our guests are here to tell us that real life can be very different. What are the special needs of people who are contemplating or already in a new relationship, especially if there are children and ex-partners involved in the big picture?

    Episode 12. Family Law Access
    Guest: Judge Jane Cartwright

    One of the most contentious issues that can arise for separated parents in conflict is the question of how to divide a child's time between parents. Regardless of who has custody, and even in cases of joint or shared custody, the fact remains that a child cannot be in two places at once. Many parents have great difficulty devising a parenting schedule which maximizes the child's time with each parent, in a way that best meets the parents' schedules and most importantly, the best interests of the child. This is particularly challenging with very young infants, or in cases where parents do not live close to each other. Also sometimes a parent alleges that the other poses a risk to the child's safety and well-being. Judge Jane Cartwright of the BC Provincial Court will discuss the legal principles and practical considerations that apply when a court is asked to make decisions about parental access to children.

    Episode 13. Online Security & Privacy
    Guests: Omar Ha-Redeye, Guy Rosario

    Nowadays, everyone has daily multiple Internet connectivity: social networking, banking, shopping and a variety of others. The experts tell us this is just the beginning of the huge potential that the Internet has to impact the way we live our lives and conduct our businesses. How secure is our confidential information that is stored online? We hear about major corporate databases being hacked, and mass breaches of online security. We are told that identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes. What can we do to protect ourselves from these risks?

    Episode 14. Divorce with Dignity
    Guest: Karen Stewart

    Have you ever heard of the term "the divorce from hell"? Probably every marriage breakdown has hellish aspects to it, but everything is relative, even high conflict divorces. In this episode you will meet author Karen Stewart, who emerged from "divorce hell" with a mission: to ensure that no one ever makes the same mistakes that she and her ex-husband made. Her book, Clean Break, urges separating couples to learn from her "poor choices and misplaced trust". In this episode she will explain the pitfalls that so many couples contend with as they navigate the complicated and often frustrating family justice system. Her own experiences form the foundation for the innovative process she founded as CEO of Fairway Divorce Solutions.

    Episode 15. Fairway Divorce
    Guest: Karen Stewart

    In recent years, members of the legal and mental health community have been exploring new ways to assist parents in conflict to resolve disputes in a non-adversarial, cooperative and cost-effective way. In this episode, Justice Brownstone, who has long advocated for keeping parents and children out of family court, will interview Karen Stewart, CEO of Canada's biggest and most popular dispute resolution company, FAIRWAY, about their unique and innovative process of spousal dispute resolution.

    Tags: episodes 1-5, 2011, dvd, family matters, harvey brownstone, divorce, custody, parental alientation, grandparents rights, parenting coordinators

    By Nancy - January 25, 2012
  • How to be Smart About Divorce with Deborah Moskovitch

    I am both proud an honoured to be a guest on Family Matters with Justice Brownstone. This is by far one of my most informative and personal interviews; Justice Brownstone digs deep as I share my research and lessons learned so that anyone can have The Smart Divorce. He also delves into my own divorce journey, so that viewers are empowered with information and knowledge. Tune in tonight, October 4, at 10:30pm on CHCH TV.

    If you are interested in learning more about The Smart Divorce Resource ToolKit ,which Justice Brownstone speaks so highly of, please email for more information.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: divorce, smart, tool-kit

    Oct 4 2011 11:41 PM
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  • Family Court Justice Harvey Brownstone Reflects on Changes, Issues, and Trends on Divorce in the Last 15 Years

    Our Interview with Justice Harvey Brownstone

    DM: Justice Brownstone, from your perspective on the bench, what divorce issues have changed the most over the last 15 years?

    JB: There are three things that have changed the most in the past 15 years. They are the Internet, the Internet, and the Internet! Judges have witnessed a complete revolution in both the composition and, unfortunately, the decomposition of relationships because of the Internet. And this has led to an avalanche of failed relationships that the court system must somehow deal with. And when I say avalanche I’m not exaggerating. It’s truly an avalanche. There’s no other way to describe it.

    DM: How has the Internet helped create this avalanche?

    JB: For starters, the problem today is that the Internet makes it so easy for people to meet and convince themselves that they’re madly, deeply in love. Of course most of them aren’t in love. They’re infatuated, excited, and swept up in the fantasy. They can pretend to be someone they aren’t, and they can just as easily be vulnerable to someone else’s deception...

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    Category: In the News

    Tags: brownstone, divorce, divorce-mag, internet

    By Family Matters - September 26, 2011
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  • The Collaborative Divorce

    Can you have a collaborative divorce? Collaborative law is luring thousands of lawyers and their clients away from the court system. Why? What is collaborative law and why are so many people flocking to collaborative lawyers? How do you know if collaborative law is right for you?
    Justice Brownstone interviews two of Canada's most prominent collaborative law lawyers, Trudi Brown and Robert Klassen, to give an insight into the collaborative law process as an alternative to court.

    Category: Episodes

    Tags: collaboration, collaborative-divorce, divorce, robert-klassen, trudi-brown

    By Family Matters - September 21, 2010
  • The Smart Divorce

    This episode is no longer available. Please look for this season's episodes coming soon.

    Is there such a thing as a 'smart divorce?' Please enjoy this audio-only episode in which Justice Brownstone interviews Deborah Moskovitch, author of The Smart Divorce.

    "This is by far, is one of my most personal and best interviews. I share details about what it’s like to be a single mother, the difficulties of choosing the”right lawyer” when you are too emotionally distraught, and the frustrations which go along with litigating. Justice Brownstone knows how to ask the right questions without being too invasive, he drew out the information in a smart way, so that I could share with you what drives me to educate others about having The Smart Divorce."
    Deborah Moskovitch).


    Category: Episodes

    Tags: deborah-moskovitch, divorce, family, marriage, separation, smart-divorce

    By Family Matters - August 27, 2010
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