Reducing conflict so you can focus on the big picture.


Our goal is to help people involved in family law disputes in Alberta and British Columbia resolve their differences with courage, respect and integrity. We aim to resolve family law problems fairly, quickly and at the lowest possible cost, while reducing the impact of the disagreement on children, minimizing conflict and promoting parents’ ability to work together in the future.



Our Approach

John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers provides mediation, arbitration, med-arb and parenting coordination services for family law disputes in Alberta and British Columbia. John-Paul is a senior family law lawyer nationally known for his big-picture approach to family justice issues. He prioritizes the interests of children, the future functioning of families living apart, and the ability of parents to work together long after their legal disputes have been resolved.


Mediation & Arbitration Services

Serving as mediator, John-Paul Boyd helps people identify interests and opportunities for compromise, engage in constructive dialogue and reach a cost-effective settlement. When consensus is impossible, John-Paul resolves disputes as an accredited arbitrator, fairly hearing the evidence and each person’s arguments, after working with the parties to build an efficient process that is proportionate to their circumstances and the complexity and importance of their issues.


Parenting coordination SERVICES

As a parenting coordinator, John-Paul Boyd works with parents to implement final orders and agreements about children’s parenting arrangements after separation. Instead of spending time and money going to court, parents contact John-Paul when they can’t agree about a parenting issue. He first helps them try to reach an agreement, like a mediator. However, if the parents can’t agree on a resolution or the issue is urgent, John-Paul makes a decision resolving the dispute, like an arbitrator.


Children’s legal services

John-Paul Boyd prepares non-evaluative views of the child reports to help parents and decision-makers understand a child’s perspective and preferences. John-Paul also drafts children’s affidavits for use in court as independent counsel, unaffiliated with the lawyers for either parent. He also provides independent legal advice to children and youth when their informed consent is required, as it may be when a guardian is appointed for a child, if a child is adopted or if a child’s name is changed.