Gayle Raphanel

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Gayle Raphanel is a senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and is jointly responsible for the chapter on Family Violence. Gayle was called to the BC Bar in 1981, and practices family law in Vancouver under her firm, Raphanel & Courtenay. She is an experienced mediator and has been a member of Collaborative Divorce Vancouver since 2001.

Gayle qualified as a family law mediatorA lawyer or another person with special training in the mediation of family law disputes who meets the training and experience requirements set out in the provincial Family Law Act Regulation. See "mediation." in 1984 and in 1986 was appointed to the first panel of mediators for ICBC personal injury claims. In 1992 she worked extensively with the British Columbia Medical Association as a mediator in their Relative Value fee negotiations. She sat on the Hospital Appeal Board from 1996 to 2000.

Gayle has taught and presented on topics relating to alternative dispute resolutionA phrase referring to a family of processes intended to resolve disputes outside of the court system, including arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and collaborative settlement processes. In family law, the purpose of alternative dispute resolution is to offer a less adversarial and less expensive way to resolve a dispute than having to go to court and have a judge resolve things. and mediationA dispute resolution process in which a mediator facilitates discussions between the parties to a legal dispute and helps them reach a compromise settling the dispute. See "alternative dispute resolution" and "family law mediator." several times through seminars and courses with the Canadian Bar Association, Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the Law Society of BC's Professional Legal Training Course.

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