Gayle Raphanel

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Gayle Raphanel is a former senior subject editor for JP Boyd on Family Law, and was 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 mediator 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 resolution and mediation 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.

A 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."

A phrase referring to a number of processes intended to resolve people's disputes outside of the court system. This includes 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 so that a judge can resolve things.

A dispute resolution process in which a specially-trained neutral person 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."

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