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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

“How Dare You!!” – Contempt of Family Court Orders

When I was a young boy, my friends and I loved playing the board game “Monopoly.”  We would play for hours on end. We developed our own strategies to beat our opponents, to try and make money, acquire property and to win the game. Sometimes we had a lucky roll of the dice, and [...]

By |2021-03-29T05:33:51-05:00January 31st, 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

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 |2021-03-29T05:34:51-05:00August 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 |2021-03-29T05:35:16-05:00July 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 |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
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