The Family Rules are Changing on July 1, 2018 and Lawye …

June 7th, 2018

Come July 1, 2018, the Family Law Rules (the rules that govern the process of family law court cases in Ontario) will undergo some substantial changes. Changes have been made to the rules that govern the timelines for serving and filing court materials, the rules for costs and the rules for motions and conferences. The […]


Canada to Get Its First Major Update to the Divorce Act …

May 23rd, 2018

On May 22, 2018, the federal government introduced Bill C-78, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act. While most may be caught by its catchy name, Bill C-78 is something that […]


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 […]


What Happens When Your Child’s School Registratio …

January 31st, 2018

Family and Education lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: What are the legal penalties for someone who has filled out an Ontario elementary school registration form with false information concerning a court child custody order?   John’s Answer: This question is a good one because it touches on the intersection between schools, parents, […]


Can My Parents Take A Condo From Me That They Purchased …

January 19th, 2018

Family Lawyer John Schuman was asked the following question: My parents purchased a condo under my name, is there a way for them to legally take the condo back? I live in Ontario, Canada. Due to some conflicts with my parents, they are claiming that by law they can force me to give back the […]


Public Schools Cannot Just “Kick Kids Out” – They …

January 3rd, 2018

It may seem obvious, but School Principals cannot expel students without actually expelling them. In Ontario, allowing children access to a publicly funded education is a fundamental value. Children should not be deprived of that education, except in extreme circumstances.  To deprive a child of the ability to attend school, the principal and the Board […]


Cracking Down on the Issue of Parental Alienation

November 30th, 2017

In the UK, parents who are going through a separation or divorce could potentially be denied contact with their children if they try to turn them against their former spouse or partner. The practice of one parent turning the child(ren) against the other, especially during litigation, is nothing new and happens in almost every jurisdiction. […]


Proposed Change to Ontario’s Family Law Act affecting …

November 21st, 2017

Ontario has recently introduced an amendment to the provincial Family Law Act that aims to make all adult children with disabilities, regardless of the martial status of their parents, eligible for child support. Typically, a parent’s obligation to pay child support ends when the child reaches the age of majority and/or is no longer a […]


Child Support Increases as of November 22, 2017

November 14th, 2017

With the changing of the seasons comes about another change. One that may put a bit more money in your pocket come holiday season. Come November 22, 2017, the Federal Child Support Tables are being updated to reflect recent changes to the Income Tax Act as they affect child support. This is the first such […]

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