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

Colman to share insights on alienated grandparents at event

On Sept. 12, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman will share his insights into the various types of alienation that grandparents may face. Read more

Research shows shared parenting ‘best option’ for children

The best situation for children following a marital breakdown is a shared parenting plan, Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman tells Read more

Pitfalls of simply registering separation agreements

By Gene C. Colman . I don't like separation agreements. Many would surely disagree. In my view, separation agreements are not always that easy to enforce. It is much better to have a court order, especially if you seek to enforce a parenting plan. While the provincial government has a government agency mandated to enforce support orders, no similar agency exists with respect to enforcing parenting provisions. So, I don't like separation agreements. Read more

Law recognizing legal status of parents a 'dramatic' shift

New Ontario legislation designed to recognize the legal status of all parents, straight or LGBTQ2+ — regardless of how their children were conceived — is a dramatic change, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman. Read more

Child custody laws need sea shift social policy changes

By Gene C. Colman . Social policy drives child custody laws. Until now, common "wisdom" has told us that kids are generally better off with one parent primarily; usually that has translated into maternal sole custody. Read more

Fathers should stand up for parenting rights: Colman

While searching for a compromise is always best, that doesn’t mean fathers should “play dead” in custody and support battles with their ex, says Toronto family lawyer Gene C. Colman . Read more

Decision 'inviting chaos' into area of family law pleadings

Although the Ontario Court of Appeal was partially successful in its attempt to promote procedural fairness in the recent case of Frick v. Frick 2016 ONCA 799, it also unfortunately encouraged procedural anarchy, Toronto lawyer Gene C. Colman writes in The Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Practice directions should be consistent across Ontario

Procedural directions for filing family law motions in court should be consistent across the province, says Toronto lawyer Gene C. Colman . Read more

Gene C. Colman: a pioneering advocate of 'family rights'

His passion for family law dates back to his time at law school in the mid-1970s. During that time, the family law landscape was rapidly changing in Canada, he says, so it piqued his interest. He was also surprised to learn as a student that a “Canadian Journal of Family Law” did not exist. Undeterred, with the support of one of his profs, Colman actually started the Canadian Journal of Family Law becoming founder and managing editor. He remains on the publication’s advisory board and maintains an avid interest in the academic aspects of law. “I’m a frustrated academic,” he says with a laugh. Read more