Changing Weekend Visitation

February 14th, 2018

Family Lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: My ex wants to keep my daughter this weekend and it is my weekend. I live in Ontario and this is a court ordered agreement. What can I do about this?   John’s answer: A carefully drafted separation agreement, Family Court Order,  or parenting plan will […]


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 Custody and the Stability of the Family Unit

May 28th, 2015

Toronto area family law expert John Schuman was recently asked the following question: “My partner recently separated from her husband 2 years ago. We dated for 6 months and then I moved in for 1 year. She is saying that if I leave there is a chance the ex-husband can get primary custody of the […]


Motion for Case Transfer, Access and Custody

March 5th, 2015

Family law lawyer John Schuman was recently asked the following: “My husband and I are separated. It will be one year in March. I am the applicant and I started my case at the Ontario Court of Justice since I was not aware that I cannot file for divorce or property division in that court. […]


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 […]


Podcast for First Responders

January 19th, 2015

Podcast for First Responders This is the Ontario Family Law podcast, featuring issues related to marriage, separation, divorce, child welfare, and also some children’s rights issues. It is a companion to the book, A Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available on Amazon, or by calling 416-446-5847. My name is John […]


Child Protection, Abuse and Corporal Punishment of Chil …

January 6th, 2015

Recently, CBC’s As It Happens interviewed an Under-Sheriff in Florida whose deputy had been called to witness the corporal punishment of a child in progress –  a father “spanking” a twelve year old girl using a paddle. As the Florida police officer explains, Florida Law allows corporal punishment of children, even using objects, as long […]


Dirty Divorce Tricks: Are They Worth It?

September 30th, 2014

It’s September. For many people, this month invokes sentiments of happiness and hope, as it feels like the start of a new year. People are generally relaxed following their summer holidays, they are back in a routine with the return of school, and there is a crispness to the air as a new season approaches. […]

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