How is the Money from the Sale of a House Divided in a …

August 30th, 2017

Family lawyer John Schuman was recently asked this question: I bought my home in 1995 and it became the matrimonial home when i married my husband in 2009. I’m filing for divorce now and selling the house. Is the money from the sale of the house split 50/50 or will I receive a bit more […]


Am I on the Hook to Pay Child Support Retroactively?

August 29th, 2017

Toronto Family Lawyer Ira Marcovitch 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 to […]


Dispute over Custody of the Dog(s)

August 14th, 2017

By: Katelyn Bell, Summer Law Student Back in January, we discussed the issue of dogs having rights similar to that of children in a custody battle. Mention was made to a then recent decision from the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which held that dogs are to be considered as “property” and should not be […]


Legally Bound to be Faithful During the Marriage?

June 30th, 2017

By: Katelyn Bell, Summer Law Student Celebrities Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel made headlines a couple years back when word spread that they had an “infidelity clause” contained within their marriage contract. The clause allegedly stipulates that if Timberlake is unfaithful to Biel, he owes her $500,000.00. This type of clause is known as […]


Am I Liable For My Ex-wife’s RRSP Losses?

June 30th, 2017

Toronto Family Lawyer John Schuman was recently asked the following question: Is there any case law that would show I am not liable for any of the following losses? When applying for a divorce, you must fill out a financial statement. Before we were married my wife had RRSP’s that were called labour sponsored funds. […]


Breaking up Before the Wedding: Who gets the Ring?

June 19th, 2017

By: Katelyn Bell, Summer Law Student Many television shows and movies portray it, and many couples live it. When a couple separates, who really should keep the engagement ring? While some may argue that it is the recipient’s to keep (after all – it was a gift!), others take the position that the ring belongs […]


Determining Summer Custody Schedules with Your Child(re …

June 8th, 2017

By: Katelyn Bell, Summer Law Student School’s out for summer – almost. For many separated families with school-aged children, summer can be a challenge. A written agreement or court order that sets out summer access with the children makes the season a lot less challenging, but for many families, such formalities are not in place. […]


New Fairness for Children of Unmarried Couples

May 26th, 2017

A new Constitutional challenge is currently unfolding at the Brampton court house. Robyn Coates is challenging the validity of Ontario’s Family Law Act on behalf of her 22 year old son, Joshua Coates. Joshua has DiGeorge syndrome and suffers severe cognitive impairment. Robyn is arguing the law is discriminatory as it arbitrarily harms disabled children […]


Grandparents’ Custody and Access Claims Enhanced by A …

May 24th, 2017

Parents’ separations can mean difficult transitions for children.  Grandparents very often play a special role in these circumstances, providing their grandchildren with stability and unconditional love when they need it most.  These times of transition, however, can also lead to parents and grandparents becoming estranged from one another, such that grandparents’ access to their grandchildren […]

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