Peter Harrison

July 3rd, 2019

BARRIE FAMILY LAWYER Peter Harrison joined Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”) in 2019 as an associate in our Barrie Family Law group. Prior to joining DSF, Peter acted as senior counsel where he gained extensive litigation experience including trial experience and appellate experience and a strong interest and proficiency in Family Law. Peter has also […]

My estranged wife is denying me access to our baby. She …

May 28th, 2019

Ontario Family Court judges generally have a very dim impression of parents, mothers or fathers, who deny their children the opportunity to have a relationship with both parents.  Section 16(10) of the Divorce Act requires that judges give children of married parents the maximum possible contact with each parent that is consistent with the child’s […]

My ex-spouse refuses to amend the schedule and allow me …

May 17th, 2019

Taking the children away on a vacation is a frequent source of conflict after separation, and the subject of many Family Court motions. The non-travelling parent may be jealous or fear that the trip could give the travelling parent the advantage of having a better relationship with a child. Judges, on the other hand, aren’t […]

Setting Aside Orders in Family Court

April 16th, 2019

For various reasons, family law litigants may fail to participate in their court proceedings, placing them at risk of being “noted in default”. The court may then make “uncontested” orders in their absence, based on the evidence of the moving party only. It may come as a great surprise to learn that these orders are […]

Arash Keyvani

April 1st, 2019

WHITBY FAMILY LAWYER Family law lawyer Arash Keyvani joined Devry Smith Frank LLP (“DSF”) in 2019 as an associate in the Family Law Group. Arash obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of the Dean’s Honour Roll. His honours thesis explored […]

Is it Illegal For A Teacher To Secretly Film Their Stud …

February 26th, 2019

Most, if not all, of us can likely agree that it is wrong to film someone without their consent. We can also probably agree that it is even more wrong when the filming is sexual in nature. Take for example someone filming you inside your condo while changing and/or focusing their camera in on your […]

What The Death of Riya Rajkumar Means For Family Law Cu …

February 15th, 2019

Millions of people were startled late last night to when the emergency tones went off for the Amber Alert for Riya Rajkumar, only to learn, minutes later, that she had been found, but not safe.  Riya did not return from an “access visit” with her father for her birthday.  Her mother contacted police because she […]

I Have Children From a Previous Relationship. I’ve Si …

January 31st, 2019

In recent years, it has become more common place to see “complex” families where one (or more parents) have children with several other parents, or is a step-parent to children in other families.  Therefore, how child support is calculated when one parent has children with several other parents is an increasingly common question. The solution […]

Common Law Couples: Exclusive Possession of The Home

December 11th, 2018

More than ever, unmarried (or “common law”) couples are living in conjugal relationships that are indistinguishable from marriage. Many of these couples will be surprised to learn that, in Ontario, they do not enjoy the same rights and obligations as their married counterparts upon separation. In a previous post, I wrote about the difference between […]

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