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 Posts

Speaking the language of family law with international clients

Knowing how Canadian law translates to other countries is essential when representing a foreign client, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman, who has taken on cases from jurisdictions around the world. Read more

Colman believes in a different way to resolve conflict

Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman believes his firm has found “a better way to approach dispute resolution” that includes civility as the anchor. Read more

Divorce Act changes to focus on best interests of children

Upcoming amendments to the Divorce Act will change the lexicon of family law and may result in a legal process that is fairer to both parents and their children, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman. 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

If I don’t get custody, will I get to see my child?

By Gene C. Colman Depending on the parenting agreement and best interests of the child, the answer could be yes. Custody does not prohibit a parent from seeing a child. Custody is about who gets to make decisions about raising the child. Read more

Little-known board helps with children's aid society disputes

Ontarians locked in a dispute with a children’s aid society over fostering or adoption issues can expect a quick and fair hearing from a remarkable, but little-known tribunal, the Child and Family Services Review Board, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman , whose firm recently secured a favourable decision for a foster family seeking to adopt three children. Read more

Timing, circumstances dictate child support for adult children

Adult children may not be eligible for child support once they have moved out of the house and lived independently for more than a year, even if their circumstances change, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman. Read more

Equal shared parenting better for infants, toddlers: research

Equal shared parenting (ESP) can work for infants and toddlers, as well as older children, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells Read more

When in doubt, take a paternity test: Colman

Men who made support payments for a child they later discover is not theirs could be relieved of that financial obligation, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells Read more

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 spouse wasn’t forthcoming about changes in her circumstances. 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 the idea out of hand, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells 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 (ESP), Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells 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, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells 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 presented by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario ( FDRIO ). 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 rock-solid science, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells Read more