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FAMILY LAW

Family disputes are among the most personal and emotional legal disputes. The breakdown of a marriage, for example, can often leave persons angry, depressed, anxious, broken-hearted, and stressed. The effects of the breakdown of a relationship are compounded when people find themselves entering a complex, adversarial, slow, and often confusing legal system to assert their rights.

Our lawyers aim to help you resolve your family law issues so that you can transition into the next stage of your life. We will explore alternatives to litigation, including settlement and mediation, to save you time and money while still protecting your interests. We will make sure that you are informed about every step in the litigation and that you make every significant decision in your case.

Our Services:

 

  • Family Law Litigation

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Divorce

  • Spousal Support

  • Child Support

  • Division of Property

  • Parenting and Custody of Children

  • Cohabitation Agreements

  • Separation Agreements

  • Premarriage Contracts

  • Legal Research and Opinions

  • Appeals

  • Case Conferences

  • Trials

  • Motions

Contact us to discuss your family law matter with one of our lawyers.

February 23, 2017

Individuals who are unrepresented by a lawyer, either by choice or due to financial constraints, face special challenges navigating the legal system.  These litigants also present challenges to lawyers, judges, and other court officials who engage with them.  This is particularly true in family law litigation, where an increasing number of parties appear without a lawyer.

February 21, 2017

What child support obligations do step-parents have to their step-children? Can a person, not the biological parent of a child, who assumes a parental role to a partner’s child, abandon that role after the breakdown of the relationship?


Statutory law

In Ontario, child support can be requested either through an application brought under the Divorce Act, which applies to divorces, or an application brought under the Family law Ac...

February 13, 2017

...in most cases, it would not be appropriate to bring a variation application before the payor has experienced the change in their "condition, means, needs or other circumstances." This holding is in line with other cases, which have generally held that the proper time to decide the appropriate amount of spousal support is after the income had changed and all the relevant factors can be put before the decision maker...

December 12, 2016

A recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal emphasizes the grave consequences of failing to comply with court orders in the course of family litigation.

Under Rule 1(8) of the Family Law Rules,[1] if a party fails to obey an order, the court may deal with the failure by making any order that it considers necessary for the just determination of the matter, including, in certain circumstances, striking the pleadings, includi...

September 6, 2016

If an individual paying child support intentionally reduces their income, the court may impute a higher level of income to them unless the individual can establish that the reduction in income was reasonable.  Child support payment amounts will then be determined based on this higher imputed income, rather than the actual income.

Under s.19 of the Federal Child Support Guidelines, the court may impute an amount of income to a s...

August 23, 2016

Complex or contentious family law litigation can result in substantial legal costs. When can a successful party expect compensation from the unsuccessful party for the costs it incurred?

At the conclusion of a trial or a motion, the presiding judge will determine costs based on principles and rules laid out in the Family Law Rules and in previous decisions of other judges. The effect of the Family Law Rules is to circ...

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