Ken H. Nathens

Ken H. Nathens
Nathens, Siegel LLP
Founding Partner
Family, Mediation

Ken Nathens, founding partner of the Toronto firm Nathens, Siegel Barristers LLP, is a certified family law specialist and he also conducts negotiations, mediations and arbitrations in family law matters.

He received upper-class honours when graduating with a combined Civil Law and Common Law degree from McGill University in 1992 and earned his Master of Laws in family law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. Mr. Nathens was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994.

Mr. Nathens handles all kinds of family law matters, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration, as well as court litigation. He has appeared before all court levels in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

In 2010, Mr. Nathens was certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in family law. Also in 2010, he was appointed as a dispute resolution officer of the Ontario Superior Court, Family Division in Newmarket, Ont. where he assisted litigants to narrow or resolve issues in the early stages of court proceedings.

Mr. Nathens has written extensively about Ontario family law issues, including articles published in Divorce Magazine and Family Lawyer Magazine on such topics as collaborative family law and law reform.

He has also been a guest lecturer discussing family law topics at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and before staff and members of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

Ken H. Nathens Posts

Supreme Court decision on life insurance guided by fairness

A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling shows how judges are guided in their decision-making by a sense of fairness, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens. Read more

Legislate property rights for common-law spouses: Nathens

Many Ontarians will be surprised to learn that common-law spouses do not have a legal right to share in the increase in value of property assets that accumulate in their partner’s name over the course of their relationship, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens writes in The Lawyer’s Daily. Read more

Uphill battle for parties appealing support orders

Spouses face an uphill battle to overturn family support decisions on appeal, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens . Read more

Grey divorce – navigating a later-in-life split

Couples who have been together for many years sometimes discover that the traditional vow “till death do us part” is not realistic, and their marriage ends in what is referred to as a grey divorce, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens . Read more

Spousal support options – lump sum or periodic payments?

Paying spousal support by lump sum instead of monthly payments comes down to a choice between finality and flexibility, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens tells Read more

Even in short marriages, equalization payments can apply

If a marriage only lasts for a short time, a judge may grant an unequal division of assets, but don’t count on it, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens tells . Read more

Parents frequently 'dragged into' children's divorce proceedings

Parents who contribute to a married child should formalize the arrangement in writing to avoid legal trouble should the marriage break down, says Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens who successfully represented a man whose daughter-in-law tried to lay claim to his condo property. Read more

Understanding the nuances of the matrimonial home

Family cottages and secondary residences can be a source of real conflict when couples split, Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens tells . Read more

Pendulum swing in spousal support awards: Nathens

An Ontario Superior Court ruling that terminates spousal support to a millionaire’s ex-wife after 20 years is a sign that the justice system no longer views such support as a lifetime entitlement, says Toronto family lawyer Ken Nathens. Read more

Customer service key for straight-talking Nathens

Customer service is king in the world of Toronto family lawyer Ken H. Nathens. Read more