Marianne Cuhaci (M.S.W., R.S.W., AccFM)

Marianne Cuhaci has been practicing as a social worker for over 35 years. Her experience is extensive and varied. For the past 20 years, her practice has focused mainly on families undergoing separation and divorce.

Marianne began her private practice in 1995.  From 1995 to 2002, she conducted over 65 custody and access assessments, as part of the multidisciplinary team at the Family Court Clinic in Ottawa.  Since 2002, Marianne has been working with families experiencing separation and divorce, providing them with counselling, parenting mediation, mediation-arbitration, and parenting coordination services.

Over the years, Marianne has appeared in Court as an expert witness in custody and access matters as well as in child welfare matters.
Marianne has a working knowledge of French, and can converse in Armenian and Turkish. Marianne has been exposed to many cultures, both personally and professionally and is known to be culturally sensitive.

Marianne works closely with her husband Colin McCorriston, an experienced lawyer who specializes in Family Law.  Marianne and Colin have two adult children.

Marianne’s earlier background experience includes having worked as a child protection worker with the Children’s Aid Society (C.A.S.) of Ottawa from 1979 to 1985. During this period, although she carried a mixed case load, she was known for resolving all matters on consent, thereby avoiding trial for the entire duration of her employment. 

Marianne was also known for her expertise with adolescents and carried a caseload of teens, many of the Crown Wards. Marianne was also a member of the C.A.S. Board of Directors from 1984 to 1987.

From 1987 to 1992, Marianne was a social worker with the Forensic Program at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. There, she provided both inpatient and outpatient services to clients struggling with mental illness, facing criminal charges. While at the Royal Ottawa, Marianne also co led the Incest and Spouses' group, which was part of a treatment program for incest offenders and their families.

Marianne’s academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, 1979 and a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, 1987.

Marianne is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). In addition, she is an accredited Family Mediator of the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM), a member of Family Mediation Canada (FMC), and of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC).

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