Do I need to show my bank account to my spouse?

February 25th, 2016

Certified Specialist in Family Law and Toronto Area Family Mediator and Arbitrator John Schuman was recently asked the following question: My spouse and I have not been getting along for about 4 years. We live in the same house with our kids. A couple of years ago I went to a lawyer for advice. One […]

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 […]

Court of Appeal Clarifies Onus for Disclosure for Separ …

September 9th, 2014

In a decision that many family law litigants and lawyers will receive with open arms, the Ontario Court of Appeal has clarified the law with respect to financial disclosure in the family law context. In particular, the Court was asked to address the issue of whether the recipient of deliberately false, misleading disclosure in the […]

If you care about your public image, Family Court is no …

May 17th, 2012

One of the things people in court frequently forget is that everything filed and said in court, as well as all of the judge’s decisions, are public record. Anyone can walk into a court in Ontario (except for child protection proceedings or where there is a specific order) and sit and listen to the proceedings […]

Exchanging Financial Disclosure Is Necessary for ANY Do …

January 23rd, 2012

There are many types of domestic contracts – marriage contracts, cohabitation agreements and separation agreements are the most common types. For all types of domestic contracts, the basic requirements of contract law are necessary: the agreement must be in writing, signed by both parties and witnessed. Even when these basic contractual requirements are met, however, […]

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