My Boyfriend Has Been Denied Access to His Son. Can He …

February 28th, 2017

My boyfriends ex girlfriend had his son late November 2016. He is unable to see his son often and she won’t allow him to have him alone as she doesn’t think he can care for him. There is no paperwork in place yet but he’s worried she will ruin his life if he does not […]


Mediation and Marriage Separation

May 13th, 2015

Toronto area family law lawyer John P. Schuman recently addressed the following question: “How does mediation work in regards to marriage separation? Do I need a lawyer for mediation? If not, should I see a lawyer first? Is it better to settle the separation through lawyers?” Mediation is an excellent option for many separating couples […]


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 […]


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 […]


Execution Creditors and the Distribution of Surplus Pro …

January 30th, 2015

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in The Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Phillips et al. (2014) ONCA 613 (CA) includes interesting findings on how to distribute surplus proceeds when a property is sold by power of sale and the spouses, who had jointly owned the property, have since separated, one of them has […]


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 […]


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 […]

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