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

Standard for bifurcation too high, says Joseph

An examination of the test for bifurcation in complex matrimonial proceedings in certain Canadian provinces could break... Read more

Selecting the right resolution method in marital disputes

From negotiation to litigation, there are several paths a couple can take to resolve issues arising out of marriage breakdown and separation, and it’s important that parties consider their options before choosing which route to follow, says Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph. Read more

OCA considers effect of estate freeze

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision deals with the intent and effect of an estate freeze – in this case undertaken by the husband’s father – and clarifies when such a situation can be viewed as fraudulent, says Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph. Read more

Take note of tax advantages during spousal separation

The main tax advantage of a properly prepared separation agreement applies when spousal support is paid in a certain amount on a regular schedule, as it is deductible from the payer’s income for the purpose of calculating income tax and includible in the payee’s income for tax purposes, says Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph. Read more

Separation most common ground for marriage breakdown

When looking to obtain a divorce, parties must first file an application and determine on which ground the marriage breakdown will be based upon, says Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph. Read more

Legal conference explores family dynamics

MacDonald & Partners LLP is a gold-le... Read more

Sitting judges face difficult issues dealing with self-reps

An Ontario judge’s refusal to grant state-funded legal counsel for a self-represented litigant, partly beca... Read more

Sweeping family law changes unlikely

A new report calling for a major shift in Canada’s family law system is being met with skepticism by Toronto family law specialist Gary Joseph , who says previous efforts in the same vein have come up short. Read more

Efforts to improve system significant

Numerous efforts, including additional mediation options and the passage of new rules, have been made in an attempt to a... Read more

Self-reps an "absolute disaster" for system

A new wave of Canadians choosing self-representation over hiring a lawyer are contributing to an overall breakdown of th... Read more

Arbitration process has its upsides

Despite a lack of finality, separating parties have a lot to gain from the arbitration process, Toronto family lawyer Read more