About the Law and Mediation Practice of Catherine Canadé
Catherine helps couples navigate separation and divorce outside of the court system. She is a certified mediator and collaborative attorney and a review and consulting attorney on uncontested divorce cases. In addition to divorce, custody and visitation and parenting plans, Catherine mediates conflicts in marriages, relationships, and families, including parent-teen and inheritance/estate disputes and the adoption triad, as well as issues in the LGBTQ community.
In addition to her mediation practice, Catherine is the immediate past President of the Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York and is a member of the New York Family Court’s custody and visitation mediation panel. Catherine is a founding member and the Assistant Director of the National Association of Divorce Professionals, Brooklyn Chapter and a founding member of the Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals. Catherine has been a mentor at the New York Peace Institute, where she teaches mediation apprenticeship groups, coaches and trains new mediators in the areas of child support and custody and visitation. Catherine has worked for several years as a trainer and consultant for Hunter College High School’s Bias and Dispute Panel. She has presented on divorce mediation to the Brooklyn Bar Association, Marino Institute for Continuing Education and AXA Financial Professionals.
Catherine earned an A.B. with high honors from Vassar College and a J.D. with honors from American University’s Washington College of Law. She is admitted to the bars of the states of New York and Connecticut, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and is an active member of the following organizations:
- Brooklyn Bar Association, Family Law Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
- Family & Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York
- LGBTQI Family Professionals of New York
- Long Island Collaborative Divorce Professionals
- National Association of Divorce Professionals
- New York Association of Collaborative Professionals
- New York Peace Institute
- New York State Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
- New York State Council on Divorce Mediation
- Staten Island Collaborative Law Group
Presentations and Trainings by Catherine
- Conflict Within the Collaborative Law Team: How to Resolve It and How to Prevent It, Staten Island Collaborative Law Group, Staten Island, New York, March 14, 2019
- What is Collaborative Law and Who is it For? National Association of Divorce Professionals, EdTalk, Brooklyn, New York, February 13, 2019
- How to Choose an Attorney (representing the collaborative attorney), UnTied, Brooklyn, New York, January 15, 2019
- Divorce Processes and Procedures, Park Slope Parents, Law Firm of John Yacos, New York, New York, March 22, 2018
- Modern Divorce Advocacy: Litigation, Negotiation, and Mediation of a Custody Case with Mental Health Experts, Center for Children, Families and the Law, Maurice A Deane School of Law, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, February 19, 2017
- Best Practices in Custody and Visitation Mediation in the Family Court, New York City Family Court Custody and Visitation Mediation Panel, New York, New York, January 26, 2017
- Co-Parenting Mediation Program Trainings in Child Support and Custody and Visitation, New York Peace Institute, New York, New York, April and October 2016
- Panel on the Impact of Divorce on Professionals in the Family Law Field, FamilyKind Inaugural Symposium – Divorcing and Separating Families: Transforming Crisis into Opportunities, Kickoff Event, New York, New York, October 26, 2016
- Bias and Dispute Panel Annual Mediation Training, Hunter College High School, New York, New York, September 2013-16
- The Use of Mediation in Various Contexts, CLE, Marino Legal, New York, New York, July 2014
- Matrimonial Mediation: When It’s Not War of the Roses, CLE, Brooklyn Bar Association, Brooklyn, New York, March 2014
- The Use of Financial Planners in Divorce Mediation, AXA – LGBT Financial Summit, New York, New York, June 2012
Philosophy of Giving Back
Catherine firmly believes that all families benefit by resolving conflict outside of the court system. She also believes that you get back by giving. She combines those beliefs by offering free mediation services as a volunteer mediator at the New York Peace Institute’s Brooklyn Mediation Center in the areas of custody and visitation, child support and family and relationships, and by providing divorce mediation services on a sliding scale as part of the mediator team at FamilyKind. Catherine also serves as a pro bono review attorney for low income divorcing clients as part of the New York Legal Assistance Group’s Mediation Project. Internationally, Catherine has served as the executive director of Adoptive Families of Singapore and as legal counsel to a non-profit group working to stop the trafficking of young girls in Thailand. She is the parent of three children, two of whom were adopted.
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