“I Can’t Afford a Lawyer in Family Court. What Should I Do?”

They say that in life, only two things are certain – death and taxes. After 27 years of practicing law, I would add a third certainty to that mix – the growing unaffordability of family law litigation. When I started my practice in 1994, only 1 in 5 clients in family court was without [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:46:13-05:00September 30th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Summary Judgment in Child Protection Cases

You would think that life cannot get worse than when the local child welfare agency (sometimes called the Children’s Aid Society, or CAS) comes to your home and apprehends your children. Sadly, it can get worse, and often does. Not only can they take your children and limit any access you have to them, [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:47:07-05:00August 31st, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Won’t You Please Think of the Children – How Children Should, and Should Not, Play a Role in Family Law Proceedings

For those of you who are fans of the TV series “The Simpsons,” you will know that one of the characters, Helen Lovejoy, wife of Reverend Lovejoy, is often heard to bemoan the phrase “Please, Think of the Children.” In an animated comedy TV show, geared for older children and adults, we may laugh at [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:48:04-05:00July 31st, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

“It’s Not You, It’s Me… Well, Maybe It Is You.” – The End Of The Lawyer-Client Relationship

At the beginning of any relationship, hope springs eternal, and the possibilities seem endless. There appears to be nothing that could get in the way of a perfect pairing. But for many people, that’s not how real-life works. Putting aside that over 50% of marriages end in divorce, and the [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:49:02-05:00June 30th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Conferences, Conferences, Conferences – Why so Many Conferences?

When I first started practicing law in 1994, family law matters were dealt very differently than today. The court forms were simple and open-ended, but lawyers would fill them with very long, predictable, and inflammatory statements. Generally speaking, the successful party was the one who filed the court papers first. When we got to court, [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:49:55-05:00May 29th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Taxes and Family Law – A “Potpourri”

As we have reached the end of April, we would typically turn our minds to tax filings. But since the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has given us a bit of a reprieve from filing our tax returns by April 30 this year (given that it has been a different year, indeed), I thought it would [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:50:53-05:00April 30th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Time-Sharing in the Time of COVID 19

In the early days of this COVID 19 Pandemic, some people in the legal profession thought that minor differences between former spouses and partners involved in family law disputes would go by the wayside, and people would focus on the bigger issues facing all of us in society, like our economic and personal survival. [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:52:30-05:00March 31st, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

To FRO or not to FRO

In my travels as a family law lawyer, I have seen the many challenges that both support recipients and support payors go through in dealing with the government agency known as the Family Responsibility Office, the FRO. It is a much-maligned agency, having started as “Support and Custody Order Enforcement” (SCOE) and then the [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:53:49-05:00February 29th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

New Year, New Decade, New Relationship – So, Do I Need A Pre-Nup?

As we enter a new year and a new decade, there are some who will enter a new relationship. For those who have been in family relationships before and they have not worked out, ending in divorce or separation, it is quite common to learn from the mistakes of the past. One of those [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:55:39-05:00January 30th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Separation, Privacy and Social Media Concerns

As we approach the end of 2019 and start a new year, some people will resolve to separate from their current partner. Along with the usual issues of custody, access, support, and property division to consider, you also need to turn your mind to some urgent yet practical concerns. As we live in a [...]

By |2020-10-30T21:57:27-05:00December 20th, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments
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