THE HAGUE CONVENTION – THE NEW RULES

The Supreme Court of Canada recently decided a case in which I appeared as the lawyer for the father, that has changed the way Hague Convention cases will be dealt with in Canadian courts. The decision in O.C.L. v Balev was released on April 20, 2018 and it is considered a ground-breaking departu...
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ACCESS TO CHILDREN – Time to Change the Rules

Why are we still arguing about establishing basic access or parenting rights in 2018?  One of the most frustrating areas within the practice of family law is the fight that is mounted to establish parenting rights for the parent, usually the father, who no longer resides with the child. It is time ...
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Valuing Assets and Income in Ontario Separation Law

Valuing Assets and Income When Separating When people separate they are often not aware that they must divide their property with their spouse. The basic formula is to value everything you own at the date of separation, deduct your debts on the date of separation, and then deduct what you brought in...
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Toronto Estate Lawyers

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS JUSTICE IN FAMILY LAW?

The starting point in answering this question might be: What is your definition of Justice? Is it getting your way? Getting what you want? Is it feeling like someone has made a careful and balanced decision so that win or lose you feel like the process was fair? I don’t know what the answer is...
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Toronto Estate Lawyers

CHILDREN, DIVORCE & GRANDPARENT RIGHTS – by GILLIAN BOOKMAN

Most of us are aware of the negative effects separation and divorce may have on the children of the marriage if the parents do not protect them adequately from the intense emotions wrought from the processes and procedures surrounding the dissolution of a marriage. Another area of collateral damage ...
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