What if your spouse shortchanges you in their will?

August 29th, 2019

If you are unhappy with the amount your spouse left you in their will, you may have some legal options, for example: Option 1: Instead of taking under the will consider electing for “Equalization” if you were married. Ontario’s  Family Law Act (“FLA”) views marriage as an economic partnership and gives married spouses the option […]

Katelyn Bell

August 6th, 2019

TORONTO FAMILY LAWYER Katelyn obtained an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from the University of Guelph in 2014 and she completed her J.D. in 2018 at the University of Ottawa. Katelyn was called to the Ontario Bar in 2019. Katelyn joined Devry Smith Frank LLP as a summer student in 2017, an articling student […]

7 Estate Planning Tips For Spouses

July 30th, 2019

Estate planning is inarguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can estate planning legally protect your spouse and assets, it can also instruct others on exactly how you would like things handled after your death. Make a Will If you die without a will, the […]

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 […]

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