Helping Ontarians with separation and divorce without lawyers since 2006
Serving Waterloo, Wellington, Kitchener and surrounding areas
At Fairway Waterloo Wellington we know how hard divorce conflict can be. We developed our Independently Negotiated Resolution™ (INR) mediation method to get you through it one manageable step at a time. We’ll help you understand the issues, make informed decisions, reach an agreement, and move into the future.
Get back to living againGoing through a divorce can be exhausting, stressful, and all-consuming. Your mediator will help you get you through it in months, not years, so you can move forward into your future, sooner.
Reduce time, stress, and expenseThe Fairway INR method is a proven, process-driven way that moves you both through the divorce process fairly, efficiently, and far more cost-effectively than expensive and stressful courtroom battles.
Keep moving aheadWhen a marriage ends it can be difficult to work together. But instead of stalling out when one person isn’t ready to talk about an issue, our process allows you to work privately with your mediator through many steps of the process, in the order that works best.
Use the right professionals at the right timeDepending on the complexity of your situation, you may need a variety of professional services. We’ll bring in one of our extended independent team of legal, financial, and other experts at just the right time, so you won’t run up unnecessary costs.
Karen Stewart, founder of Fairway Divorce Solutions, has authored several books on the topic of divorce.
At Fairway Waterloo Wellington, our job is to get you to the next phase of your life fast and without draining your finances to get there. Fairway mediators are accredited experts in divorce, business and family negotiation, and conflict resolution, and we live where we serve.
We understand the unique needs and landscape of the Waterloo Wellington community, including the current provincial mediation policy. All of Fairway’s final separation agreements and plans are based on the family laws of your jurisdiction, including the: Federal Child Support Guidelines, Family Law Act, Pension Benefits Act, and the Divorce Act. Our unique INR mediation method helps you leave us with everything needed to close this chapter and begin your next adventure.
You’ll never have to wonder if you’ve missed a step or what’s needed from you because we’re with you every step of the way. You’ll work with a dedicated mediator who will guide you through each step of our INR method, keeping negotiations on a timeline and your priorities at the centre of the process. Your mediator will meet with you and your partner or spouse separately when needed to provide both of you the opportunity to make fully informed decisions. Your final separation agreement will reflect everyone’s needs, preferences, vision for the future and based on the marital and divorce laws.
When the process requires additional expertise, we’ll draw from our extended independent team of trusted professionals in real estate, finance, tax, business valuation, pension valuation, and the law.
As specialists in conflict dispute resolution and policy for divorce, family and business mediation, the Fairway Waterloo Wellington team is equipped to manage a broad range of complexity to resolve amicably and efficiently. Along with their team of dedicated mediators and professionals, we’re here to guide you to the future you imagine.
Colette Fortin is one of the leading divorce mediators/coaches in Southern Ontario and is the owner-mediator of the Fairway Waterloo office. Colette specializes in family-centred conflict resolution. She has helped guide hundreds of couples to a fair conclusion of their separation while helping preserve their family relationships, especially important for co-parenting situations. Her divorce certifications include Acc.FM, CDFA®, and she is a member of both the OAFM and the ADR Institute of Ontario. Whether it's high net worth, complex financials, business ownership, pensions, Colette ensures clients are empowered to make good decisions about their future.
Julie Junge is a mediator with the Waterloo Wellington office. With over 18 years of experience as a senior law clerk in the region, Julie brings extensive knowledge of family law to her role as a mediator. Having worked alongside senior counsel, she has been involved in hundreds of settlements both in and out of court. She has witnessed the devastating effects that litigation can have on a family’s finances as well as their post-separation relationships. Her extensive knowledge in family law, experience and passion for helping people makes her an excellent addition to the Waterloo Wellington Team.
Sarah Whyte is an Accredited Family Mediator and a member of the OAFM. Her client-centred approach, coupled with her strong organizational skills, has made her an invaluable member of the Waterloo team. Sarah’s experience in real estate and financial planning helps guide clients through the often emotional financial decisions in the division of assets. Her first-hand knowledge of the impact separation can have on families enables her compassionate understanding of the challenges co-parents face today. Sarah understands the chaos and grief experienced during separation and strives to guide her clients towards a place of hope for the future.
Michael is passionate about helping people better their relationships, especially those going through separation and divorce. His extensive experience in communication and conflict coaching allows him to help his clients keep future-focused during difficult situations. Mike is committed to ensuring his clients feel heard and is masterful at helping people find resolution on complex issues. Drawing on personal experiences, Mike helps couples feel empowered to explore options for optimal asset division and make smart decisions for parenting post-divorce. He is a lifelong learner who continues to improve his coaching and mediation skills.
Jen Banfield is a mediation associate with Fairway Divorce Solutions’ Waterloo Ontario office. Jen holds a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation and an MBA from the University of Windsor. She also has earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA®) designation. Jen’s strong financial background allows her to help her clients explore options in coming to a fair division of assets. As an educator in finance, she uses that expertise to ensure her clients gain the knowledge and understanding they need to make empowered and informed decisions.
Serving Brantford, Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener, London and many other locations.
The Best Decisions for our Family
Working with Fairway streamlined the separation process and allowed us to work together collaboratively, making decisions for the best possible outcome for our family going forward. The straightforward approach made an inherently stressful situation as simple as it could have been. I was incredibly impressed with how efficiently Colette was able to create a Resolution Plan; having all the financial details ready for the initial meeting we were able to have a draft of the Resolution Plan within a month of the initial meeting. Colette is the first person I would contact should I have a family dispute in the future.