Lisa Gelman

Lisa Gelman
Gelman & Associates

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 Posts

Court grapples with child abduction across borders

By Lisa Gelman International boundaries can introduce numerous complications when child custody is an issue between parents going through separation or divorce as illustrated in this case. Read more

Court refuses to set aside restraining order

By Lisa Gelman In a recent case, the court considered a father’s request to set aside a restraining order that prevented him from having access to his six-year-old son. Read more

Legal status of cannabis not relevant to custody and access

The legalization of cannabis for recreational use has made little impact in the world of family law, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman. Read more

Court denies father's request to reduce child support arrears

By Lisa Gelman In this case court considered the interesting question of when a payor parent may be excused from paying the full amount of child support that they were ordered to pay. Read more

Court orders father to pay exorbitant costs award

By Lisa Gelman The mother in a recent Ontario case sought her costs of litigation, which amounted to $456,411.14, inclusive of disbursements and HST. The court had to determine whether the father’s conduct had been so unreasonable that it warranted ordering him to pay those costs. Read more

Court grants mother interim sole custody of child

By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of whether or not it was appropriate to grant interim custody to a parent while proceedings were underway. Read more

Court orders spouse to pay advance of fees to fund litigation

By Lisa Gelman In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered one spouse’s plea for an order of interim costs and disbursements to cover the expenses of carrying on the parties’ litigation. Read more

Update law to deal with common-law property division: Gelman

The time has come for Ontario to enact a law to govern the division of property when common-law couples split up, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman. Read more

Determining spousal support: who qualifies as a 'spouse'?

By Lisa Gelman In a recent decision, an Ontario court found that a woman was entitled to indefinite spousal support from her partner even though they had maintained separate residences. Read more

Factors the court will consider when making a costs award

By Lisa Gelman When parties are involved in family law litigation, it is possible that the court will find one party liable to the other for their costs of the proceeding. Read more

Father regrets signing minutes of settlement

By Lisa Gelman Back in April, we looked at a case where the courts refused to overturn a separation agreement entered into by two parents. Another recent decision, this time from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, highlights just how important it is to carefully consider the details and implications of a separation agreement before signing it. Read more

Former spouse receives entire life support payout

By Lisa Gelman When people get divorced or separated , it is common for one party to take out a life insurance policy in order to fulfill any child or spousal support obligations they may be unable to make in the event of their death. Read more

Lump-sum spousal support following short marriages

Lump-sum spousal support settlements can work for both parties to a divorce following a short-term marriage, says Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman. Read more

The impact of a Voice of the Child report on parenting time

By Lisa Gelman . In a recent case , an Ontario court considered whether it could grant a father’s request to vary parenting time without proceeding to trial. The parties were married in September 2001 and separated in June 2011. They had four children together, ages 17, 15, 13 and 7. Read more

Is parental alienation a mental health issue?

By Lisa Gelman . The concept of parental alienation can, unfortunately, be common in the practice of family law; one that can affect decisions relating to support or even custody in some cases. Read more