“No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” – The Pitfalls of Kin Placements

It is often said that “family is everything,” and that no one will love you and care for you like your family. This is very true when you are facing the possibility of having your child/children be apprehended by a child protection agency, but instead will allow your child/children to be cared for by one [...]

By |2022-07-29T18:11:37-05:00July 29th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Adventures in Travelling in a Family Law Context

There is a famous quote from Lao Tzu, an ancient Chinese philosopher, which says “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” How profound. But I would bet that he did not have to deal with former/ex-partners or spouses who were reticent or conflictual in allowing him to go on a journey [...]

By |2022-06-30T10:08:44-05:00June 30th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

Before you say “I Do” or “Let’s Move In Together”… A Lawyer’s Advice Before You Embark on Marriage or Cohabitation

IntroductionAs May turns to June in the year 2022, the “wedding season” is upon us, and with this year being the first year where Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted to allow for general attendance as in pre-Covid years, the invitations are starting to trickle in. In the past, when I would go to weddings, people [...]

By |2022-06-01T12:58:16-05:00June 1st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

“Somebody Call 911” – When to Get Police Involved in Family Law Matters (and when not to)

As we shed the winter blanket and invite spring back into our lives, people tend to go out, socialize more, relax and have fun. With the better weather upon us, sadly, in family law, we generally see an uptick in work at this time of the year. Conflicts in relationships arise at all times of [...]

By |2022-05-03T19:50:24-05:00May 3rd, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

“With This Hand, I Write My Will and Testament” – The Holograph Will

Introduction As the world watches the terror unfold in the Ukraine, our hearts ache for those brave citizens who remain in the homeland to fight against the tyranny of evil of the Russian invasion. It is a sad but realistic expectation that some of them will not survive the conflict. This is all too [...]

By |2022-02-28T16:28:09-05:00February 28th, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

New Year, New You! Time for a Legal Check-Up!

As the clock struck midnight on a new year, I reflected on that year that was and the hope that a new year always seems to bring. It sparked an idea for a blog, but given the moment, I waited until now to expand on that sparkling thought – I’m sure my wife would [...]

By |2022-01-31T13:53:51-05:00January 31st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

‘Twas the Week Before Christmas … in Family Court (2021 Version!)

Hi everyone. I normally write a blog each month to provide some information for the public on a pressing aspect of family law, child protection law or wills/powers of attorney. With the end of 2021 nearly upon us, I have decided to keep things a little light, and write a “tongue-in-cheek” poem, using a [...]

By |2021-12-24T08:05:32-05:00December 24th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

“If You Leave, Don’t Leave Now … We Still Gotta Talk About the Kids!” Relocation after Divorce Act Proceedings

With apologies in advance to the 1980’s band OMD, I decided to borrow the opening line from the soundtrack to the hit movie from 1986 “Pretty in Pink” to introduce the topic to this month’s blog - Relocation.   It is quite common in today’s society that, following the end of a relationship, one or [...]

By |2021-11-30T13:51:49-05:00November 30th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

The Financial Statement: Why Did It Have to Be Financial Statements?

In all my years of doing family law, there is no single form that draws the ire of clients as much as the financial statement. It is a dull and painstakingly clumsy form. When I was a staff lawyer at the Hamilton Family Courthouse (about 15-20 years ago), I initially gave clients the blank [...]

By |2021-10-29T11:14:24-05:00October 31st, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments
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