Welcome to the Toronto Family Law Blog

My practice is focused exclusively on family law. I advise clients on all types of property, support and child-related issues. I have appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal. I have extensive family law experience, including in high conflict cases and complex custody and access matters.

I represent children at the centre of contested custody and access cases. As counsel to children, I provide independent information to the parties and the decision-maker (judge or arbitrator) on the children’s interests, views and preferences. I also prepare Voice of the Child Reports to document children’s wishes. By bringing the voice of the child into the process in these ways, I ensure that the result reached is child-focused.

Parenting


The children’s issues are central to any parents facing separation and/or divorce. Where will the children live? How will decisions be made regarding their upbringing? Parents are often plagued with insecurity. The following summary is designed to provide a brief explanation of the key terms and aspects of custody in Toronto family law.

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Child Support


Parents are responsible to provide for their children’s financial needs. When parents separate or divorce that obligation remains and the federal and provincial governments have passed legislation and regulations that structure and enforce the payment of child support.


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Property Rights


In Ontario, marriages are deemed to be a form of partnership. All marriages end, whether by separation or death. At their end, under Toronto family law, the spouses have a right to share in the wealth generated during the marriage. This is accomplished by equalization under the Family Law Act.

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Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Have to Suck

Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Have to Suck

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February.  Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  As is Family Day.  For those who are separated or divorced, these two occasions can sometimes be a painful reminder of what once was.  So I am penning...
Happy Anniversary to Me!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

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In February 2017, it will be twenty years since my call to the bar.  My platinum anniversary.  What does that mean? I’m old. I have been doing this for a long time. Thankfully, I really...
See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

See Spot Divorce: Who Gets the Family Dog?

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“The dog is man’s best friend.” (Ogden Nash)“ “The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.” (Charles de Gaulle) “Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without...
Does Retirement End Spousal Support Payments?

Does Retirement End Spousal Support Payments?

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I just read an excellent paper on retirement and its impact on the payment of spousal support which I thought might be of interest to my readers. The paper is entitled “Can a Support Payor...