Instead of logging on to an American site and trying to ‘translate’ information from the U.S., Canadians finally have their own resource that speaks directly to their needs and concerns
Ottawa, ON (PRWEB) February 20, 2006
OttawaDivorce.com announced today that it is the first and only web site to offer men and women in Canada access to an online support community forum where they can share information, experience, problems, and solutions for divorce in Canada. It's located at http://www.ottawadivorce.com/forum/. “Instead of logging on to an American site and trying to ‘translate’ information from the U.S., Canadians finally have their own resource that speaks directly to their needs and concerns,” says family law lawyer Jeffrey Behrendt.
Behrendt is founder of Behrendt Law Chambers, a divorce law firm with offices in Ottawa and Toronto. Behrendt is also responsible for brining the OttawaDivorce.com forums, located at http://www.ottawadivorce.com/forum/ into reality. “When people are in the midst of divorce, they’re often stretched to the limit emotionally and the pressures don’t leave much time to think about attending a support meeting,” he says explaining the genesis of the forums. Unable to get the help they need, “Many feel isolated, confused, frightened, and alone, and that’s why our forms were created. To anytime/anywhere accessibility to information and support specifically for people divorcing in Canada.”
“It would be wonderful if everyone in Canada who’s going through a divorce could get the support they need on an in-person basis,” says Behrendt. Unfortunately, that may not be possible. In many communities, there’s no group to attend and even if there is, “the logistics of attending can be a huge obstacle to people whose lives may already be stretched to the limit,” he notes.
The Next Best Thing To Being There…or Better?
Behrendt reports that the online forum at OttawaDivorce.com meets all the criteria generally set out for every good support group. According to experts, a good support group will provide what you’re looking for whether it’s information, emotional support, access to services, or simply interaction with people who are going through the same experiences.
“Our forum allows visitors to ‘customize’ their experience by posting unique questions and joining existing threads that are of interest,” says Behrendt. Forums cover such diverse topics as divorce law, parenting issues, financial issues, and support. Current individual threads include settlement conferences, when to introduce a new “friend” to your children, common law marriages, and father’s rights.
Costs for participating in support groups vary widely, but as a general rule, online forums are affordable to join. “Online forums aren’t expensive for the host, so there’s no need to pass along costs to the participants,” says Behrendt, noting that in-person groups need to rent meeting space, provide refreshments, etc.
He points out that there “are no fees, obligations or prerequisites for becoming a member to OttawaDivorce.com’s forum. It’s provided as a free service.”
Since getting to meetings can be a challenge, location and transportation are key considerations. “You’ll never get stuck in traffic jam getting to an online forum during rush hour,” Behrendt laughs, adding more seriously, “And you won’t pay a price at the pump for participating.” For people who may have physical challenges, Behrendt adds that, “There’s never a worry about having to walk a long distance or climb up flights of stairs.”
For those with time challenges, an online forum is just a mouse click away any time of the day or night. “If it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and you can’t sleep because you’re worried about your divorce, you can log on to OttawaDivorce.com in an instant to let your voice be heard and to get help,” Behrendt says.
Professionals Standing By
Behrendt notes that the forum at OttawaDivorce.com is just one element of “our in-depth educational web site. We provide current information regarding divorce laws, costs, timing, procedure, support guidelines and tables, custody, property division, collaborative law and more,” he says. As well, we have additional information about prenuptial agreements at http://www.marriage-contract.ca, uncontested divorces at http://www.a1-ontario-divorce.com, common law separation at http://www.common-law-separation-canada.com and a French divorce website at http://www.ottawadivorce.info.
“We can’t save someone’s marriage, but we can help save them a lot of pain and suffering during their divorce,” says Behrendt.
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