Family

Better communication with your ex? There’s an app for that

Separated parents can stay in touch about childcare and other issues by simply downloading an app to facilitate that communication, says Toronto family lawyer Julia Tremain. Read more

Affluent abuse a growing, global phenomenon

While domestic abuse is often considered to exist largely in the realm of the have-nots, Toronto family lawyer Inna Tsinman says, in fact, it has no socio-economic boundaries. Read more

Support payments when the payor’s income is irregular

By Andrew Feldstein In this case, the court was tasked with determining the payor spouse’s income for spousal and child support purposes. This case was contentious because the payor’s income was highly irregular and there was a large difference in the amount of regular base income vs. dividend/bonus payment Read more

Psychologist’s testimony leads to greater access for father

A father has gained generous access to his toddler after Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman called a prominent U.S. psychologist to testify that even young children benefit from overnights with both parents. Read more

Legislate property rights for common-law spouses: Nathens

Many Ontarians will be surprised to learn that common-law spouses do not have a legal right to share in the increase in value of property assets that accumulate in their partner’s name over the course of their relationship, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Matrimonial home often hotly contested in divorce

The unique status of the matrimonial home makes it one of the most hotly disputed elements of a divorce, says Toronto family lawyer Glen Schwartz. Read more

Parties in mobility applications need comprehensive plans

Recent amendments to the Divorce Act have to be taken into consideration when parents seek the court’s approval to relocate children, says Toronto family lawyer Michael Stangarone. Read more

Educational support an emerging family law issue: Khan

Determining who is responsible for paying for a grown child’s education is becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in family law, says Oakville family lawyer and mediator Robina Khan. Read more

Scorched-earth approach to family litigation backfires

In one case, the Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) upheld a trial judge’s order that a man pay his former spouse $490,000 in costs as a result of his unreasonable conduct during a 13-day trial over the validity of their marriage contract. Read more

Mediation can bring calm to high-conflict divorce settlements

An acrimonious divorce settlement does not have to end with winners and losers, says Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Samara Shuber. Read more

More couples resolving family law matters through ADR

A downward trajectory in the total number of family law cases in Canadian courts shows that more people are opting for alternative dispute resolution, says Toronto family lawyer Kathryn Hendrikx. Read more

Dividing pensions in divorce a complex matter: Schwartz

A simpler valuation process has not eliminated disputes over the division of pensions between splitting spouses, says Toronto family lawyer Glen Schwartz. Read more

Bajwa offers clients expedited path to solving legal matters

Client satisfaction is the top priority for Toronto family lawyer Numan Bajwa. Read more

Former spouse receives entire life support payout

By Lisa Gelman When people get divorced or separated , it is common for one party to take out a life insurance policy in order to fulfill any child or spousal support obligations they may be unable to make in the event of their death. Read more

Parents should choose civility over confrontation: Tailor

Effective co-parenting requires communication and an agreement as to what will happen if there is conflict or even divorce, says Mississauga family lawyer Deepa Tailor . Read more