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Why Do I Need Independent Legal Advice (ILA)?

Over the past 20 years or so, the family law profession has seen an increase in people trying to work out agreements and court matters for themselves without the need for hiring lawyers. There are many “do-it-yourself” websites and sample agreements, and court documents that can be found online. It seems easy enough, and [...]

By |2021-03-29T09:00:57-05:00March 31st, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

“Who Is Driving the Bus?” – Negative Influences in Family Law Matters

When the recent stay-at-home pandemic conditions were lifted to allow people to opt to venture out and for children to decide whether they wish to physically return to school, I started noticing a lot more buses on the road, and I had to adjust my travel time for work. But it also made me [...]

By |2021-03-29T05:33:26-05:00February 28th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

“Hey Santa, All I Want for Christmas is a Guarantee…. What do you mean “No?” ”

As we approach the holiday season of giving, many of us are tasked with a list of what presents we need to get for our loved ones, friends, neighbours, and perhaps colleagues at work.  In family law litigation, it may seem like it is Christmas all year long because their clients always ask family [...]

By |2021-03-29T09:01:29-05:00November 30th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

Is It Too Late? Capacity and the Preparation & Execution of Your Will and Powers of Attorney

As the autumn leaves have mostly fallen off the tree, and most of us have struggled to burn off all the calories we gained over the Thanksgiving weekend, October will soon give way to November. That means one thing for many of us in the legal profession: It is “Make a Will” month?  Last [...]

By |2020-10-31T08:38:53-05:00October 31st, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments

“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 |2021-03-29T05:34:30-05:00September 30th, 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 |2021-03-29T05:35:47-05:00June 30th, 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 |2021-03-29T05:38:06-05:00April 30th, 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 |2021-03-29T05:36:59-05:00February 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 |2021-03-29T05:37:32-05:00January 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 |2021-03-29T05:40:37-05:00December 20th, 2019|Blogs|0 Comments
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