Lisa Gelman

Lisa Gelman
Gelman & Associates
Founder
Family

Lisa Gelman, founder and principal of the Toronto firm Gelman & Associates, focuses on family law.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario in political science, Ms. Gelman earned her Bachelor of Laws from York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in 1993. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995.

Focusing on family law, Ms. Gelman advises clients on divorce, child custody, and child and spousal support. Her practice covers all aspects of family law, including the division of property, assistance with domestic violence issues, and prenuptial, and separation and cohabitation agreements.

To demystify the divorce process for clients, Ms. Gelman uses a variety of educational tools, including a divorce kit, online courses and webinars.

In addition, Ms. Gelman’s firm runs a volunteer legal clinic at New Circles, a volunteer organization in Toronto that offers employment and life skills training to members of the community.

Lisa Gelman In The News
Court determines that it lost jurisdiction in custody dispute

By Lisa Gelman . Is it possible for a court, which has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, to subsequently lose jurisdiction? In a  recent decision , an Ontario court found that, indeed, it could not maintain jurisdiction over the parties’ custody dispute since they had both returned to live in Japan. Read more

Shuber joins Gelman & Associates

Toronto family lawyer and mediator Jennifer Shuber  has joined the Toronto office of Gelman & Associates . Read more

Strong evidence needed to change final family law orders

Family law litigants need to have everything in order before launching a motion to change a final order or risk a large cost award against them, Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Court orders mother to undergo a capacity assessment

By Lisa Gelman . In some situations, one party in a proceeding may ask the court for an order directing the other party to undergo a capacity assessment. An Ontario court  recently considered  this interesting question and explained when it might be appropriate to impinge upon a party’s autonomy and privacy interests by making such an order. Read more

When sole custody is more appropriate than joint custody

By Lisa Gelman . The court  recently considered  when it might be appropriate to grant sole custody to one party over the other. The parties were married for three years before they separated in 2010. They had two children, born in 2008 and 2010. Read more

Should we stay together for the children?

Divorce isn’t the worst thing that parents can do to their kids, Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Homemade separation agreement ends up costing time and money

By Lisa Gelman . Hiring an experienced family lawyer is a critical step when going through a  separation  or  divorce . It may be tempting to attempt to cut costs by going through the process alone, but as one Ontario couple  recently learned , doing things without legal representation can result in an expensive and time-consuming experience. Read more

Father’s credibility questioned after review of Instagram account

By Lisa Gelman . While social media can be an amazing tool – allowing us to communicate and share our lives with people around the world, it also brings with it an inherent lack of privacy. Even “private” accounts may be made public, and deleted photos or posts are not necessarily gone forever. Read more

When the court will stay an order pending appeal

By Lisa Gelman . An Ontario court  recently considered  an interesting case where one party sought a stay of two orders pending appeal. Read more

Resist revenge, pick your battles in divorce: Gelman

As tempting as it may be, it’s not wise to drag peripheral issues into a divorce battle, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . Read more

When will a court order interim costs and disbursements?

By Lisa Gelman . An Ontario court  recently considered  a case where a husband appealed from an interlocutory order that required him to pay his wife $150,000 for interim costs and disbursements. Read more

Court asked to determine if a divorce overseas is valid

By Lisa Gelman . Canada recognizes marriages and divorces performed in other parts of the world. However, determining whether a couple has been properly married, or in the case we are about to discuss, properly divorced, is not always an easy task. In a  recent case  before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court was tasked with determining whether a couple had gotten  divorced  according to tradition in Pakistan. Read more

Can income be imputed where a payor spouse is in jail?

By Lisa Gelman . An Ontario court  recently explored  whether interim child support should be ordered when the payor spouse was incarcerated on the basis of imputing income to the jailed spouse. Read more

Be quick with disclosure of financial documents amid divorce: Gelman

To put it mildly, divorce is never fun, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . Read more

Like it or not: forcing the sale of the matrimonial home

By Lisa Gelman . The court  recently examined  the interesting question of whether, and under what circumstances, a party can obtain an order to sell their matrimonial home even when their spouse opposes the sale. Read more

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