Gene C. Colman

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

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
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  AdvocateDaily.com . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . 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  AdvocateDaily.com . 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  AdvocateDaily.com . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . 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 AdvocateDaily.com . 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 made, Toronto family lawyer  Gene C. Colman  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . 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 deficits in this proposed reform of child custody legislation. I believe that there are tenable solutions available to significantly improve Bill C-78. 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 2014,  Bill C-560  was voted down at second reading in Parliament, even though the then-ruling Conservative Party officially supported equal shared parenting. Now, the majority Liberal Government has introduced  Bill C-78 . It is an admirable "first move". It is not enough. 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 of children are served when both parents play substantially  equal roles, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman . 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 before it can open, Toronto family lawyer  Gene C. Colman  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

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