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Blurred Lines – Mistaken Relationships That Some Parents Make While in Family Law Proceedings

Over my nearly 30 years of practicing law, I have seen tens of thousands of clients, and I have heard all of their stories, their sorrows, their hopes/dreams, and their lived experiences. It can be exceedingly difficult to hear, but my role is to listen, to advise and to represent them. As challenging as it [...]

By |2022-11-01T12:58:22-05:00November 1st, 2022|Blogs|0 Comments

“Why Can’t I See the Judge First?” The Dispute Resolution Officer Program Explained

Introduction As the summer of 2022 comes to an end, the courts are slowly but surely returning to some sense of normalcy that existed pre-pandemic. One of the indicators of this return to normalcy is the return of, and the recent expansion of, the Dispute Resolution Officer (DRO) Program. Although it is not yet available [...]

By |2022-09-01T11:45:24-05:00September 1st, 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

‘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

“Enough is Enough” – When to Waive the White Flag in Family Law Matters

I was recently discussing a file with a colleague, a young lawyer.  He is having trouble letting a prospective client know that there is no chance he will be successful in what he is seeking in his family law case. But even though the client has sought multiple opinions, the client does not care [...]

By |2021-09-30T16:14:11-05:00September 30th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

Can I Still See My Kids If I Lose at Trial in a Child Protection Case?

In years gone by, if a parent in a child protection case lost at trial, then unless there were a chance of success at an appeal, this would spell the end of the parent-child relationship. The kids would be adopted out or be placed in the care of society indefinitely. But that is no [...]

By |2021-08-31T10:17:06-05:00August 31st, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

How Much Do I Have To Pay My Ex To Support Them, And Why Do I Have To Pay It In The First Place? – Spousal Support And Family Law

Upon the end of a marriage or a common-law relationship, the separating parties generally do not like each other any longer. They wish to end their connection to one another. I say “generally” as sometimes, one party wishes to reconcile, but the other party has already “moved on” - whether mentally or physically –from [...]

By |2021-07-31T11:22:04-05:00July 31st, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments
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