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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saskatchewan judge: Dogs are property and should not be …

January 6th, 2017

By: Jeffrey Spiegel A recent decision from Saskatchewan’s Court of Queen’s Bench has drawn the attention of pet owners after the judge ruled that dogs are to be considered property and should not be treated as though they are children. The judge’s words came in response to a divorcing couple’s petition to the court for […]

Denied Access To Your Child? Here’s What You Need To …

December 12th, 2016

Breaking up, as they say, is hard to do.  Where there are children in the equation, the question of a parent’s access to the child(ren) can add substantially to the hardship.  All too often, the animosity associated with separation leads one parent to frustrate the other’s access to the child(ren). In the following, we discuss […]

Caught My Spouse Recording/Spying On Me!

October 26th, 2016

Toronto area family law attorney John P. Schuman was recently asked the following question: “I came home to notice my wife was recording/spying on me with her laptop though she wasn’t around. I was able to notice because the webcam light was on. Is this a crime?” Yes. Intercepting any form of conversation, to which […]

Rights and Responsibilities of Parents and Adult Childr …

June 6th, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: What rights and responsibilities do parents and adult children have respectively towards each other? This is a very broad question, and one that can be answered from a variety of perspectives – legal, moral, etc. […]

What to do About My Son’s Polygamist Father?

May 31st, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: I live in Ontario and suspect that my eldest son’s father is in a polygamist relationship. He has children with the first woman and this ‘roommate’ of theirs is newly pregnant. I fear that this […]

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