Bookman Law Professional Corp. — Family Law Advice — Family Lawyers

Bookman Law is built upon the fundamental values of compassion and respect. We work hard to assist you in any way possible as you overcome an often overwhelming and devastating situation.

Everyone’s family law needs are unique. At Bookman Law we treat every unique case with the same meticulous diligence and care.

Leading Family Law

Bookman Law is recognized as a leading family law firm in Ontario. The broad range of experience of our lawyers in all areas of family law positions us to provide our clients with highly competent, goal oriented representation.

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Family Law Needs

Family law cases are among the most common issues in today’s court system. Because of their sensitive nature, family law cases require exceptional attention to detail and a willingness to preserve through numerous obstacles.

No matter what your family law need might be, we will lead the way.

Whether your issue involves:

  • Separation / Separation Agreements
  • Divorce / Divorce Agreements
  • Marriage Contracts / Prenups
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Child Custody or Access
  • Child Abduction
  • Any other family law requirement

A message from Steven Bookman

“Laws and guidelines regarding Separation and Divorce Law can be surprisingly hard to find. In my practice I have had the pleasure of helping hundreds of families to navigate through complex separations. At Bookman Law we are always trying to make the process more clear and less emotionally taxing.

This page is meant to serve as a FAQ for those considering or pursuing a divorce, separation or other family-related legal matter. These are things that most people don’t know, especially when they are unsure where to begin. I have tried to cover the most pressing questions but please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions I have missed.

If you or someone you know could benefit from a free consultation regarding Separation Law, please click here to fill out a free consultation form.”


This is what we specialize in. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call – we are here to support you, no matter your situation.

Family Law: Frequently Asked Questions Answered By Top Lawyers

What are the most common issues in Family Law?

In Ontario the most common Family Law issues are:

  1. Child custody, access, and parenting plans
  2. Child support
  3. Spousal support

Common Law

How do you become a common-law spouse?

There is no legal step to becoming common-law spouses in Ontario. Under Ontario family law you are considered common-law spouses if:

  • – you live together and have a child together, or
  • – you have been living together for at least three years

You don’t have to go through this alone – request a free consultation and leave the rest up to us.


What is a separation agreement?

A separation agreement is a legally binding contract created between two spouses, at the time of their separation.

When a couple is separating they will be required to agree on a number of decisions together such as:

  • – who will stay in your home,
  • – where your children will live and be cared for,
  • – financial support, and
  • – dividing up property, money, possessions

It can be helpful to have a lawyer represent you in working out these important details.

Do I need a separation agreement?

If you are separating, a separation agreement can help you address issues such as custody, maintenance and family assets instead of having to go to court to resolve such issues. By having this agreement in writing, you can avoid costly litigation fees in the future.

Child Custody Laws in Ontario

What is custody?

Custody is the right to make decisions about how to care for and raise a child. These decisions can include the child’s legal name, where they attend school and where they will live.

Note: Custody is not about which parent the child lives with. For example, the child might live mainly with one parent, but both parents have custody. Or even if only one parent has custody, the child might spend equal time living with each parent.

Additional External Family Law Resources

Navigating the ins and outs of family law can be very overwhelming, especially in a time of anger, frustration, and exhaustion. These resources can help answer some basic questions you may have. If you have any questions regarding the family law process, divorce process, or child custody process, please contact us or request free a consultation.

We are here to help, no one should have to struggle through their case alone.

Steven Bookman
Steven is the founding lawyer at Bookman Law. His experience and determination permit him to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. He is a respected advocate and strong negotiator. Steven writes and publishes in the areas of family and estate law, mentors young lawyers and instructs students in these specialized fields. [email protected]

Steven M. Bookman

Founding Lawyer
Gillian Bookman
Gillian is an accomplished advocate who focuses on the legal and the emotional needs of her clients. Her diverse background in law, business and social work allows her to effectively focus on the needs of her clients. She combines her legal knowledge, her compassion for her clients and her legal skills to provide the best possible results. [email protected]

Gillian H. Bookman

Barrister and Solicitor
Maia Rabinovitch
Maia is an experienced and very effective lawyer. She is an accomplished and compassionate advocate for her clients and seeks to minimize the disruption and trauma that often accompanies difficult litigation. She is diligent and tenacious in her work and focuses on practical legal advice with a view to achieving the best possible result. [email protected]

Maia Rabinovitch

Barrister and Solicitor