Lisa Gelman

Lisa Gelman
Gelman & Associates
Founder
Family

Lisa Gelman, founder and principal of the firm Gelman & Associates, focuses on family law.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in political science, Ms. Gelman earned her Bachelor of Laws from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.

Focusing on family law, Ms. Gelman advises clients on divorce, child custody, and child and spousal support. Her practice covers all aspects of family law, including the division of property, assistance with domestic violence issues, and prenuptial, and separation and cohabitation agreements.

To demystify the divorce process for clients, Ms. Gelman uses a variety of educational tools, including a divorce kit, online courses and webinars.

In addition, Ms. Gelman’s firm runs a volunteer legal clinic at New Circles, a volunteer organization in Toronto that offers employment and life skills training to members of the community.

Lisa Gelman In The News
Can a father force a mother and child to return to Ontario?

By Lisa Gelman In a  decision  in which a father sought a court order forcing the mother of his child to return to Toronto after she moved to New Brunswick in ... Read more

The reality of costs in family law disputes

By Lisa Gelman A  recent decision  by the Ontario Superior Court provides divorcing parents with a cautionary tale about allowing outstanding disputes to get out of ... Read more

Property rights not automatic for separating common-law spouses

Separating common-law spouses don't share the same property rights as married couples going through a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . "The ... Read more

Do step-parents have a child support obligation?

By Lisa Gelman The basic principles of  child support  with respect to a biological parent’s obligation to pay are relatively straight-forward: the ... Read more

Facts of case determine if loan included in net family property

When a couple separates and has an outstanding loan from a family member, the court will look closely at documentary evidence and the facts of the case before deciding whether it ... Read more

‘Unplanned parenthood’ claim dismissed, woman awarded costs

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  recently upheld the dismissal  of a claim filed by a man who sued his former sexual partner after she became pregnant ... Read more

Make family court great again

By Lisa Gelman and Jeffrey Mammon Has the Donald Trump presidency, with his rallying cry to “Make America Great Again,” ushered in a new era of political ... Read more

The lawyer’s role in the collaborative process

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently had the opportunity to review a lawyer’s role in the collaborative process when the husband in a ... Read more

Gelman & Associates hires new family law lawyer

(March 27, 2017 – North York) Gelman & Associates is pleased to announce that Galia Amoils is the newest lawyer to join its growing law firm, further strengthening ... Read more

The effect of top-performing lawyers leaving a firm

Although new U.S. research suggests it’s healthy for companies and law firms to allow top performers to move on, Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman tells The ... Read more

How much is too much?

By Lisa Gelman How much money is too much money to spend battling your ex?  How much time is too much time to spend battling your ex? How much ... Read more

Unbundled legal services fill gap in family law

With the soaring number of self-represented litigants attempting to navigate the complex world of family law leading to confusion and court delays, many people would benefit from ... Read more

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

Mediation for cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts

The idea of entering into a cohabitation agreement or a marriage contract may make some people uncomfortable, but mediation tools can help couples come to a sound plan long ... Read more

Parenting and mental illness: a custody decision

By Lisa Gelman A Manitoba court recently examined the relationship between mental illness and parenting when it was asked to rule on the issue of  custody ... Read more

Grandparents’ rights of access to grandchildren

By Lisa Gelman We recently highlighted a  CBC News article  that discussed the plight of grandparents who have been denied  access  to their grandchildren ... Read more

Gelman & Associates welcomes three new clerks

(Jan. 13, 2017 – North York) – Gelman & Associates is pleased to announce the recent hiring of three experienced and skilled family law clerks to the company; a ... Read more

Gelman & Associates opens new office in Barrie

(January 9, 2017 – North York) — Gelman & Associates is pleased to announce it has moved to a new location in Barrie. As of January 1 st , the firm has ... Read more

Darker side of family law can surface during the holidays

What is meant to be among the happiest times of the year can quickly disintegrate into a very tough time for families already experiencing difficulty, says Toronto family ... Read more

Gelman & Associates lawyer to teach at Georgian College

November 21, 2016 (North York) — Gelman & Associates is pleased to announce that one of its lawyers, Cindy Scharff , has been tapped by Georgian College ... Read more

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