Gary Joseph

Gary Joseph
MacDonald & Partners LLP
Family, Mediation

As a family law expert Gary Joseph leads the family law practice at MacDonald & Partners LLP as a partner and the firm’s chairman.

A certified specialist in family law, Mr. Joseph was called to the Ontario Bar in 1978 and has been a member of the Alberta Bar since 1985.

Reported in over 200 family law decisions at all court levels in Ontario and Alberta, Mr. Joseph has also appeared as counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. Joseph is a past family law instructor of the Ontario Bar Admission course and founding lecturer at the Family Information Session program of the Superior Court of Justice.

A prolific writer, Mr. Joseph authored “Handling a Family Law Matter in Ontario,” and the “Family Law Litigation Handbook.” He co-authored “Family Law Arbitration in Canada,” and has penned numerous articles on family law in various professional and public media.

Gary Joseph Posts

Supreme Court rules same sex couples have right to marry in all 50 states

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Read more

LAO expansion positive, but there's more to be done

Legal Aid Ontario’s move to extend its services for low-income people – its most significant expansion in more than two decades – is being applauded by Toronto family law specialist Gary S. Joseph , who says the measures are likely to reduce the number of self-represented litigants plaguing family law courts. Read more

Cohabitation agreements wise move for common-law couples

Despite what some individuals may think, common-law unions are substantially different than marriages, especially in the event of a relationship breakdown, Toronto family law specialist Gary S. Joseph and research lawyer Ann Wilton write in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Understanding Browne v. Dunn a must for trial lawyers

By Gary Joseph . The Rules of Evidence and court process continue to lose significance to the majority of practising family lawyers. In this era of mediation, collaborative law and repeated case conferences, few matters end up at trial. However, trial skills, a mastery of the Rules of Evidence and knowledge of the court process remain of significant import to those brave enough to venture into a family law trial. Read more

Cohabitation to be discussed in family law text

The law of cohabitation as it relates to family law will be discussed in an upcoming book by authors including Toronto family law specialist Gary S. Joseph. Read more

Joseph invited to join IAML fellowship

Toronto family law specialist Gary S. Joseph , managing partner with MacDonald & Partners LLP , has been invited to become a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML) , an multinational association of practising family law lawyers recognized as being the most experienced and skilled practitioners in their fields. Read more

Judge's move to write plain language decision highlights larger problem

By Gary Joseph . A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Justice in a criminal matter was brought to my attention and caused me to reflect upon the proper role of judges in our courts and our society. Read more

Case raises questions over med-arb dispute resolution in family law

A recent Ontario Superior Court decision that has reignited a debate over the appropriateness of mediation-arbitration also highlights the fact that the ability to reduce costs and expedite matters should not trump proper due process, Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph says in Law Times. Read more

Voir dires meant to determine whether evidence is key piece of trial

When it comes to voir dires in family law proceedings, counsel should think of the judge as a gatekeeper for the evidence to be admitted at trial, while their job is to open the gate, Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph told participants at Ontario Bar Association Institute 2015. Read more

Joseph to present at OBA Institute 2015

Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph will share his thoughts on demystifying voir dires in family law trials at the upcoming Ontario Bar Association Institute 2015. Read more

'Breaking Bad' analogy effective in custody dispute

A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling that infuses pop culture into a family law proceeding sends an importa... Read more

Joseph to chair child and spousal support program

Toronto family law specialist  Gary Josep... Read more

Why are lawyers so expensive?

As standard of care expectations for lawyers continue to rise, along with questions over fee structures, it’s worth disc... Read more

Educational video outlines support motion process

A high-income earning mother of two has been on a spousal support vacation – but it’s now over, and “she’s got to return... Read more

Joseph named a top lawyer by Lexpert

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