• What happens to my pension? Cottage? Business?
  • How am I going to get through this?
  • When will I stop feeling sad? Ashamed?
  • How will we split everything?
  • How will we tell the children?
  • What will everyone think?
  • What about the kids?
  • Does it have to be a big court battle?
  • Do we have to sell the house?
  • How am I going to pay the bills?
Georgenson Family Law
Credentials & Experience

LLB. Law degree - University of Ottawa

M.A. Master’s Degree in International Development, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University

B.A. (Hons.) Bachelor’s degree - Clinical Psychology focus, University of Guelph

CHRP Certification Human Resources Professional, Carleton University & Algonquin College

CIIAN Certificate International Institute of Applied Negotiation

Specialist /researcher on sustainability variables

The Collaborative Advtange

Virve Georgeson

   Georgeson Family Law was established with the goal of helping people with any type of family law matter.  However I especially enjoy helping people work out their separation agreement through the collaborative process.   

     I recommend the collaborative process of negotiation to all clients for whom it appears to be applicable after an initial screening.   I personally know many of the Ottawa lawyers who practice collaborative law and will recommend several for your partner to meet with and choose from to represent him or her.  Collaborative negotiations are more likely to be smoother when both lawyers know and respect each other’s practice methods and can work well together.   In Collaborative negotiations both lawyers work hard to represent their respective clients, but are at the same time keeping an eye on the overall good of both clients, plus any children who are involved in the matter.       Collaboratively reached separation agreements tend to not break down because of this. Both clients’ feel that their issues have been thoroughly looked at and no one feels they been forced by someone more powerful into a settlement they don’t want. 

     All assistance in collaborative negotiations and other matters provided by Georgeson Family Law is individualized and provided to you by an experienced lawyer with sensitivity to all your concerns, and excellent understanding of family dynamics.  Your questions and concerns will be listened to with patience and thoroughness so you will feel that you have been “heard”.  An initial one-time half-hour of free consultation is offered for all matters.

     Making a separation agreement with your partner is an emotional and legal issue.  Collaborative negotiation provides direct support for you and your partner in both areas: Emotional support is from family communication specialists, and legal support is from your lawyer at your side protecting your legal rights and providing hands-on negotiation help.

      I am predisposed by my creative problem solving skills, background in clinical psychology, and mediation training to very effectively assist you in collaborative negotiations.  I am concerned with access to justice therefore my sliding scale lawyer fees ranging from $100-$200 hr are linked to your income. 

      During a free half hour consultation I will assist you to choose which separation process best fulfills your individual needs, taking  into account both legal and lifestyle issues.  In addition to collaborative negotiations, there are four other ways to get to a separation agreement. These are: Do- it-yourself (DIY); Negotiations through lawyers; Mediation; and Court appearances.  Please see the pros and cons of each of the five ways to separate, plus couple relationship characteristics for which each is recommended at www.georgesonfamilylaw.ca   

     I am a member in good standing of the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) , the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), Carleton County Law Association (CCLA),and Collaborative Practice Ottawa (CPO) .  

Please call or email me anytime about the collaborative process, any family legal concerns you have, or if you are just curious about something to do with family law.  



I believe skilled collaborative negotiation is the best way to proceed through the emotionally difficult process of separating two inter-twined people who have lived as a family or couple into two happy, independently living, co-parents or singles.  Collaborative negotiation is a voluntary process, creates lasting agreements, discourages fighting and encourages problem solving,  costs about 35% less than Court and is appropriate for most separating couples.  

— Virve Georgeson

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