How is the Money from the Sale of a House Divided in a …

August 30th, 2017

Family lawyer John Schuman was recently asked this question: I bought my home in 1995 and it became the matrimonial home when i married my husband in 2009. I’m filing for divorce now and selling the house. Is the money from the sale of the house split 50/50 or will I receive a bit more […]

Am I on the Hook to Pay Child Support Retroactively?

August 29th, 2017

One of DSF’s Toronto Family Lawyers was recently asked the following question: Can child support payments be retroactive? My former spouse never claimed child support and on top of that refused to take support payments from me for years. Recently, my former spouse has gotten into some financial trouble and filed an application for me […]

Am I Liable For My Ex-wife’s RRSP Losses?

June 30th, 2017

Toronto Family Lawyer John Schuman was recently asked the following question: Is there any case law that would show I am not liable for any of the following losses? When applying for a divorce, you must fill out a financial statement. Before we were married my wife had RRSP’s that were called labour sponsored funds. […]

New Fairness for Children of Unmarried Couples

May 26th, 2017

A new Constitutional challenge is currently unfolding at the Brampton court house. Robyn Coates is challenging the validity of Ontario’s Family Law Act on behalf of her 22 year old son, Joshua Coates. Joshua has DiGeorge syndrome and suffers severe cognitive impairment. Robyn is arguing the law is discriminatory as it arbitrarily harms disabled children […]

The Dangers of the Online Separation Agreement

March 14th, 2017

In the age of the internet, the law is (at varying speeds) adapting to the online realities of the people it applies to. People can now file their taxes, issue small claims court applications and, most recently adjust some child support orders, at the click of a button. With the advent of websites such as […]

I separated from my husband with no Separation Agreemen …

October 27th, 2016

I separated from my abusive husband, but neither of us could afford to get a lawyer to draw up a separation agreement. Everything has been separated (bank accounts, living arrangements, etc.) since we separated. At the time we had no assets, no property. No children, etc. Just a boatload of debts, including shared debts that […]

Spousal Support When Quitting Job

April 13th, 2016

Family law expert John P. Schuman was recently asked the following questions: “My wife wants to separate and she wants spousal support. She left her full-time job 6 months ago and now only works part-time. She will be resume full-time work in a few months. I want child support. How do we calculate both spousal […]

One of my children moved back. Does my ex now have to p …

April 5th, 2016

My two children age 14 and 16 have lived with me since my ex and I split 12 yrs ago. He had been honoring support payments to me for our 2 children. Two months ago my 16 yr old decided he wanted to go live with dad. How are the support payments calculated now. My […]

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 […]

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