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 In The News
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. The parties’ story ... 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 . “Judges don’t want to ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 . Your life is in turmoil, the children are upset, and your finances are in limbo, says ... 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 ... Read more

When is imprisonment appropriate for non-payment of support arrears?

By Lisa Gelman A  recent Ontario decision  examined both default hearings as well as how and when a jail committal order is appropriate to enforce  spousal ... Read more

Voice of the Child reports now offered throughout Ontario

While children can’t decide their own fate when their parents divorce, they do have a say in the process, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . The problem is ... Read more

Self-employment income in the context of child support

By Lisa Gelman In a  recent decision , the Ontario Superior Court addressed whether a husband’s expenses from self-employment could be deducted from his gross ... Read more

Am I your biological father? Paternity tests and child support

By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently considered an  interesting case  where the man sought an order directing the child to submit to a paternity test. ... Read more

Proving intentional underemployment a tough task

Pursuing an ex-partner for intentional underemployment is not always worth the hassle and expense, Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman tells . ... Read more

Is a judge obligated to read all materials filed in a family law case?

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court  recently considered  the position of a father who was appealing a final child support order on the grounds that the ... Read more

When Ontario courts can decide custody and access matters

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  recently decided  a case where the mother, who had unilaterally taken the parties’ children from Nigeria to ... Read more

Interim spousal support and child support

By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court recently  considered a case  where the mother sought interim child support and spousal support from the father. In granting the ... Read more

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