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Divorce isn't something just for the young. People
55 and older are actually a growing demographic when it comes to divorce
and statistically these divorces are women led.
However, divorce is still divorce and while you may
not fight over the kids at this stage of life, there is still the matter
of your adult children’s adjustment along with your own and there may be
the matter of your grandchildren’s adjustment. If you are going through
a grey divorce and need help to sort out the emotional or relationship
issues, counseling may be of service.
Beyond the emotional and relationship adjustments,
there will still be financial issues to be sorted out. Referrals can be
facilitated to divorce financial professionals who can help you untangle
your finances and determine options for financial settlements. Referrals
to reasonable and respected collaboratively trained lawyers can then
commit any agreements
reached into a legally binding settlement agreement.
As a social worker, I am respectful of people's different income levels. As such, the fee is set on a fee-for-service basis using a sliding scale that ranges from $150 - $400 per hour. The actual fee then is determined by your joint income, or may be determined by your assets. You will be charged from the beginning of the scheduled appointment time, even if you are late. Appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours (two business days) will be billed for one hour. Further, time will be taken at the beginning of the first meeting for me to present my qualifications, experience and approach to counselling so that service is provided on an informed basis. This is deemed part of the time provided and billed for.
A retainer based on 10 hours of service at the respective rate as per the fee schedule below, is required prior to commencing. Billing will be on basis of actual time spent on any activity or cost related to the mediation service, charged at the rate as per above, plus HST. You will be billed for any activity directed to your case. If less time is taken than covered by the retainer, a refund will be issued. If more time is required than covered by the retainer, the mediator may ask for additional funds to be provided before continuing the mediation.
Fee Schedule (based on joint income):
Third Party Payments (EAP and other Benefit Providers):
Pleased be advised that I do not accept payment by third party payers (benefit or EAP providers) whatsoever. People are directly responsible for payment of services as per the information above at the time of service. A receipt will be provided with which persons can seek reimbursement from their EAP or benefit provider. I take no responsibility for your reimbursement. Reimbursement remains a matter between you and your benefit or EAP provider.
If you do seek reimbursement through your benefit or EAP provider and I am called to verify the charge, I will do so with your implied consent. My disclosure will be limited to advising of my credentials as well as verifying the billing information, service provided and persons served. Please note, mediation is a clinical-legal service and may not be covered. No information regarding the nature or content of information discussed will be provided without signed consent, for which you will be charged as per the time required.
Hours of Availability:
Daytime appointments are available Monday through Friday (except Friday afternoon). Evening appointments are available Monday through Thursday. I typically set my appointment times for 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm. I do not offer weekend appointments. Summer hours may be restricted - please ask.
Please note, people regularly come great distances to see me. If you are considering driving more than two or three hours, please let me know so I can set an appointment to accommodate your drive.
Direnfeld, MSW, RSW
For information on Direnfeld's book, Raising Kids Without Raising Cane, click here.
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20 Suter Crescent, Dundas, ON, Canada L9H 6R5 Tel: (905) 628-4847 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselling and assessment services serving Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Burlington, Brantford,
Oakville, Grimsby, Waterdown and other local areas.