John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers provides mediation, arbitration, med-arb and parenting coordination services for family law disputes throughout Alberta and British Columbia. John-Paul Boyd is a senior family law lawyer nationally known for his big-picture approach to family justice issues, contributions to public and professional legal education on family law, and special expertise in disputes concerning parenting, support and jurisdictional disputes.

dispute resolution

John-Paul’s goal is to help the individuals involved in a family law dispute resolve their differences with courage, respect and integrity. We aim to resolve family law problems fairly, quickly and at the lowest possible cost, and in a way that reduces the impact of the dispute on children, minimizes conflict between the parties and promotes the future functioning of the separated family.

For people wishing to mediate a dispute, John-Paul will help the parties separate their interests from their legal positions, facilitate a child-centred dialogue and identify areas of compromise, and reach a forward-looking agreement that is equitable and as fair to both parties as possible.

Arbitrations with John-Paul will generally begin with an attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before proceeding to arbitration, unless the parties prefer to head directly to arbitration. Arbitrations will begin with a conference to confirm the issues in dispute and design the rules and procedures that will be followed in the arbitration process.

John-Paul has developed a comprehensive set of rules specifically designed for family law disputes that include a wide range of procedural options, intended to ensure that: the level of process provided is proportionate to the complexity, importance and value of the issues in dispute; the needs and wishes of children are taken into account; and, the dispute is resolved as quickly as possible at as low a cost as possible.

For people wishing or obliged to participate in parenting coordination, John-Paul takes a firm but pragmatic and child-centred approach to resolving parenting disputes and implementing the terms of final orders and agreements on parenting. He will try to help the parties learn to communicate more effectively, identify behaviours that frustrate cooperation and develop strategies to resolve disagreements on their own.

children’s legal services

John-Paul has prepared non-evaluative views of the child reports for more than ten years and written extensively on children’s participation in justice processes, including interviewing children, hearing children’s views in family law disputes and drafting children’s affidavits.

John-Paul connects easily with children and is able to explain the legal issues affecting their interests in a clear, understandable way. He takes a sensitive approach when providing children’s legal services, seeking always to protect children from conflict between the adults in their lives and to ensure that the legal proceedings between those adults have the least impact on children possible.

Independent legal advice

John-Paul respects the rights of individuals to make settle their legal disputes as they wish. He will explain the law clearly and concisely, as well as the range of alternative settlement possibilities and the range of likely results should the dispute be resolved through litigation instead of by agreement.

John-Paul’s goals are to assess the fairness of a proposed family law agreement and ensure that the client fully understands how a proposed agreement will affect their present and future rights and responsibilities.

a paperless process

John-Paul Boyd Arbitration Chambers uses an electronic, paperless process to streamline mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination processes and provide a fair, speedy and cost-effective resolution of family law disputes. Communication occurs largely by email and documents are shared and delivered through a secure client dropbox. Meetings and hearings may be held in person, by teleconference or by videoconference using Zoom. When it is necessary to meet in person, meetings and hearings can be held anywhere in Alberta and British Columbia, and the cost of John-Paul’s travel is not billed to our clients.