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'Neuro awareness' helps lawyers stay in tune with clients

When lawyers gain an understanding of their clients' psychology, reasoning and thought processes, the result is tailored communications that are often better understood, Toronto ... Read more

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Case shows judiciary recognizing family counselling as solution

Although judges are realizing that the solution to some incidences of family breakdown are psychosocial rather than legal in nature, family counselling mandated by a judge is ... Read more

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Keep the kids out of family litigation

Parents should resist the temptation to get their children involved in their court disputes, says Toronto area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . “This is unfortunately ... Read more

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Love at first click: marriage after international online dating

As Internet dating continues to boom, leading to new marriages, individuals meeting potential mates from other countries may want to consider a marriage contract, says ... Read more

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Contracts not ironclad for parents with no romantic ties

People who partake in “elective co-parenting” — choosing to have a child together without a romantic relationship — should be warned that any contract ... Read more

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Shuber marks two decades of giving clients a voice

This month, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Samara Shuber , celebrates her 20 th anniversary of being called to the bar. While she jokes about the milestone in a ... Read more

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Honest feedback from clients helpful for lawyer improvement

Especially in family law where individuals are often dealing with difficult personal situations, it is essential for clients to feel their lawyer is helping them to make important ... Read more

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What is a paternity agreement?

By Lisa Gelman The basics of a paternity agreement A “paternity agreement” is a type of  domestic contract . A paternity agreement will typically ... Read more

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Early offer to settle may help structure divorce negotiations

Most people don't anticipate the complexity of family law and the procedures around divorce — and information found online or provided through friends can often be incorrect ... Read more

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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to suck

By Jennifer Samara Shuber February. Valentine’s Day is around the corner. As is Family Day. For those who are separated or divorced, these two occasions ... Read more

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Why living common-law is not the same as being married

It’s a familiar misconception that living together as common-law is the same as being married, but that’s not the case — particularly when dealing with ... Read more

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Getting the most out of your first meeting with a family lawyer

By Timothy N. Sullivan Don’t worry so much about that first meeting For most people, engaging a lawyer is a big deal – and not something they do every day. ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part II

By Avi Dahary Fact gathering In part one of this series, I provided an introduction to the position of estate executor, including basic principles to follow and ... Read more

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Study shows mindfulness helps with stress

A recent study that suggests mindfulness can cut stress and anxiety comes as no surprise to Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars . Researchers at the Georgetown ... Read more

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Hague Convention and the best interests of the child

The best interests of the child should not be considered in custody applications under the Hague Convention, says Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator  Timothy N. ... Read more

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Any personal data posted online is 'fair game'

New sources of data from social media, smartphone apps and health trackers continue to expand the array of evidence available for family law cases, says Vaughan family lawyer ... Read more

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Talking money early on may avoid long-term relationship woes

Most couples avoid talking about money before getting married or living common law, which is a red flag for Toronto family lawyer Katherine Robinson . “Coming into a ... Read more

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Law as a vehicle for social change: Joseph

Taking part in more than 250 reported cases in both Ontario and Alberta, Toronto family lawyer  Gary Joseph  has never shied away from difficult files while drawing ... Read more

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LSBC right to promote unbundling: Jimale

The Law Society of British Columbia’s (LSBC) renewed enthusiasm for unbundled services is good news for lawyers and consumers, says Vancouver family lawyer Zahra Jimale . ... Read more

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Procedural fairness amplified when child interests at stake

A recent  decision  by Ontario's   Superior Court of Justice to order   a new trial because a father was not permitted to submit certain evidence demonstrates ... Read more

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