Am I on the Hook to Pay Child Support Retroactively?

August 29th, 2017

One of DSF’s Toronto Family Lawyers was recently asked the following question: Can child support payments be retroactive? My former spouse never claimed child support and on top of that refused to take support payments from me for years. Recently, my former spouse has gotten into some financial trouble and filed an application for me […]


Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on To …

January 17th, 2017

Do I Have to Pay Half of My Child’s Dental Bill on Top of Child Support – Even Though my Ex Has Benefits? Separated Parents do have to share some expenses for their children on top of base child support. Section 7 of the Child Support Guidelines sets out what expenses parents have to pay […]


Child support from a parent who lives the high-life  …

June 20th, 2016

“My spouse lives the high-life, but reports almost nothing on their tax return. Does that mean they pay almost no child support to?” John Schuman, head of the Family Law department at Devry Smith Frank LLP, answers this question many clients deal with and ask. Watch the video to learn more about this Child Support. […]


When The Children’s Aid Society Calls

April 22nd, 2015

What to do when the Children’s Aid Society Calls This is the Ontario Family Law podcast, featuring issues related to marriage, separation, divorce and, today, some child welfare issues. It is a companion to the book A Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available as a paperback or ebook at Amazon, […]


Immigration Law Consequences of Separation or Divorce

February 24th, 2015

Podcast #26 – Immigration Law Consequences of Separation or Divorce. The Ontario Family Law Podcast deals with issues related to marriage, separation, divorce, child welfare and even some children’s rights issues. The main host is John Schuman, a family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer and the partner managing the Family Law Group at Devry […]

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Does Child Support Affect Child Custody or Access?

February 19th, 2015

Every family law professional, and every family court judge, will tell you that child custody and access are completely separate issues from child support. How child support is determined is completely different from how judges decide who gets custody.  However, there are at least two ways in which child support can influence parenting issues in […]


Maintaining a Child’s Standard of Living after Se …

February 4th, 2015

For some parents, it seems that a “clean break” makes the most sense when they separate – and they feel that holds true for the children as well.  Those feelings can be especially strong when the primary parent for the child feels the other parent has been uninvolved and uninterested in the child.  Having that […]


Do I need to pay all special or extraordinary expenses?

December 19th, 2014

Toronto family law lawyer Sarah Falzon was recently asked the following question: “Generally, if the child was involved in the activity prior to separation, then you’ll likely need to continue to pay for it after separation. Does this mean year after year or just for the lessons for the year of separation?” When paying child […]


Reducing Child Support with an RESP

October 28th, 2014

Toronto family law expert John Schuman recently addressed a pressing question that plagues many separated parents as their children grow: “I do not have a legal separation in place in Ontario. I have been paying child support for my 16 and 17 year old daughters at $900.00 a month for several years. My oldest daughter […]

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