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
Common law spouses and claims for constructive trust

By Lisa Gelman The  Ontario Court of Appeal  recently grappled with the important question of when a common-law partner’s claim for a constructive trust ... Read more

Agreements to arbitrate in family law

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court of Justice  recently considered  the question of when a court may or may not find that an order to arbitrate a family law ... Read more

Can a child refuse to visit a parent?

Many divorced parents have grappled with what to do when their child doesn’t want to visit the other parent, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . Amid the tears ... Read more

Sperm donor who donated to lesbian couple denied parental rights

By Lisa Gelman A  recent decision  by an appeal court in New York state has denied a sperm donor’s request to have a paternity test in order to be recognized ... Read more

What constitutes a material change in circumstances?

By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court  recently considered a case  where one party sought to terminate spousal support upon retiring. This decision looks at the various ... Read more

Granting adjournments in family law arbitrations

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court of Justice  recently dealt with  the interesting issue of what an arbitrator must consider when making a determination ... Read more

‘Grey divorce’ is not so black and white: Gelman

The so-called grey divorce is a growing trend that comes with its own set of issues, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . "For a variety of reasons, we're seeing more ... Read more

Judge: ‘difference between parents who are poor, and poor parents’

By Lisa Gelman A judge in Nova Scotia gave custody of a toddler back to the child’s birth parents after finding that there would be  no substantial risk of ... Read more

Adoption orders: when court will dispense with biological parents’ consent

By Lisa Gelman A  recent Ontario decision  outlines when a court might make an adoption order – even if the biological parents do not agree to such an order. ... Read more

Involving the Office of the Children’s Lawyer

By Lisa Gelman An Ontario court  recently considered a situation  where the parties’ custody and access proceedings were adjourned so that the Office of the ... Read more

Case could place more financial responsibility on grandparents

While changes in legislation have given grandparents new rights when fighting for access to their grandkids, it may come with more responsibility, says Toronto family lawyer  ... Read more

Father loses joint custody but retains access

By Lisa Gelman An  interesting decision  from Ontario took away a father’s joint custody of his son, but allowed him to retain access so that the son, who was ... Read more

Must children be registered as a specific sex on official documents?

By Lisa Gelman Earlier this year, an eight-month-old baby in British Columbia made  international news  when the child was issued a health card that does not ... Read more

Equal parenting shouldn’t be automatic starting point

Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman hopes a defeated private member's bill that tried to establish equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes ... Read more

Court upholds cohabitation agreement waiving spousal support

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  has upheld  a cohabitation agreement that a woman signed decades ago without obtaining independent legal advice, finding ... Read more

Canada’s vague surrogacy laws raise questions

By Lisa Gelman Surrogacy is strictly controlled in Canada, with limits on compensating surrogates, and correspondingly stiff penalties for any infractions. However, surrogacy ... Read more

Can I sue my ex’s mistress for damages?

By Lisa Gelman This was an interesting question that an Ontario court  grappled with  several years ago, in a decision that made some interesting points. The ... Read more

Email communications after divorce: be careful what you send

By Lisa Gelman Electronic communications, whether via email, text, or social media, have become a regular part of life for most people. However, most people do not take the ... Read more

Property division very different for unmarried couples

Toronto family lawyer Lisa Gelman uses a simple example to illustrate the difference between married and common-law when it comes to dividing property after a breakup. The ... Read more

Are structured settlements considered property or income in divorces?

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  has clarified  whether a structured settlement obtained in a personal injury case is considered property or income ... Read more

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