Gene C. Colman

Gene C. Colman
Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre
Managing partner

Gene C. Colman, managing partner with the Toronto firm Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre, focuses on family law and litigation.

Mr. Colman graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international relations. After working for a year at the university and studying in its Master of Arts program in international relations, he returned to Toronto to study law at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated in 1977. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1979.

For more than 38 years, Mr. Colman has focused exclusively on family law issues, including alimony and spousal support, children's rights, child protection law, custody and visitation, domestic violence and neglect, paternity, and prenuptial agreements. He advises clients on matters involving parental alienation, equal shared parenting, procedural fairness, father’s rights and gender equality.

Mr. Colman has written many articles on family law and is the founding editor and an advisory board member of the Canadian Journal of Family Law, as well as a founding member and an advisor to the board of directors of the Canadian Equal Parenting Council.

He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Gene C. Colman In The News
Colman’s client recovers more than $60,000 in support

Toronto family lawyer  Gene C. Colman  recovered almost C$63,000 for a U.S.-based client in a support settlement after a judge found his separated Canadian ... Read more

Colman to parliamentarians: time to support equal shared parenting

Parliamentarians deciding on amendments to federal family laws should acquaint themselves with research on the value of equal shared parenting (ESP) rather than just dismissing ... Read more

Study boosts case for presumption of equal shared parenting

The federal government should carefully reconsider its landmark family law reforms to take account of “game-changing” research on the value of equal shared parenting ... Read more

Parental alienation allegations not a 'secret weapon' in court

Parental alienation — a method of manipulation often used by parents during a contested divorce — can include a range of behaviours in varying degrees of severity, ... Read more

Colman to share insights on ESP myths in upcoming webinar

Toronto family lawyer  Gene C. Colman  will discuss the most commonly held myths and stereotypes around equal shared parenting (ESP) in an upcoming webinar ... Read more

Myth busters: the reality of equal shared parenting

Divorcing parents clashing over custody and access issues often ignore the most obvious solution to the impasse because it is so unfairly attacked by critics despite the ... Read more

Decision opens floodgates to challenges by mentally ill spouses

The Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA) has thrown any family law judgment involving a mentally ill spouse into doubt after it set aside a final trial order a decade after it was ... Read more

Child custody reform — Bill C-78 federal government divorce reform: Part 2

By Gene C. Colman In  Part 1 , I applauded the positive measures in this new government initiative - Bill C-78. Unfortunately, there are a number of serious ... Read more

Child custody reform — Bill C-78 federal government divorce reform

By Gene C. Colman Child custody law needs reform! The family rights movement in Canada has long been advocating for real change in our broken child custody system. In ... Read more

Divorce Act amendments raise red flags: Colman

Amendments to the Canada   Divorce Act  in Bill C-78  are a major step backwards and ignore overwhelming social science research showing the best interests ... Read more

Abused men’s shelter challenges myths, stereotypes

The Canadian Shelter for Abused Men and Children will be the first of its kind in Canada, providing  services  to men only, but it needs $150,000 more in donations ... Read more

Can child support arrears be cancelled? - an update

By Gene C. Colman I wrote the article that you will see  below  (well at the bottom of this page) in early 1997. That's 21 years ago! While there have certainly ... Read more

Decision lambasting CAS demands reaction

A judge’s admonition of a children’s aid society’s (CAS) actions towards two Hamilton, Ont. foster parents brings a refreshing dose of accountability to the area ... Read more

Family law and retirement - can I ever retire?

By Gene C. Colman There is a fair amount out there on the web about  spousal support  and retirement. My colleagues discuss the leading cases quite intelligently. I ... Read more

‘Sensitively written’ decision affirms law in child custody case

A judge’s decision to maintain the status quo in declining a request by both parents for an interim sole child custody order is “helpful” in that it follows an ... Read more

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