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5 Reasons to Consider Mediating Your Separation

When couples decide to separate, many instinctively believe the first step is to retain a lawyer. Our clients often tell us they had no idea that the option to mediate their separation existed until they came across it online, or heard about it from a friend, family member, or colleague at work. For many, the [...]

Parenting Plan Guidelines for Separating Parents

The AFCC – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Ontario has put together a draft parenting plan and guidelines that be used at no cost. A parenting plan is a written document that sets out how the parents plan to raise their children after separation, including the sharing of time and decisions relating to the [...]

By | February 27th, 2020|children, divorce, mediation, negotiation, parenting, separation|0 Comments

Living Together While Separating

Sometimes couples continue to live together temporarily in the family home after they have decided to separate. As you can imagine, there are benefits and challenges to living together while separating. On the one hand, living together while separating can be less expensive than maintaining two homes. It also delays the need to make major [...]

Getting Through The Holidays After Separation

The holiday season can be a challenging time of year for both the parents and the children of a separated family. While there is no real one-size-fits-all handbook for parents to follow on how to survive the holiday season with as much quality time and holiday cheer as you can, here are some tips that [...]

Child declared to have two fathers despite silence in Children’s Law Reform Act on same sex parenting and assisted reproduction

The Ontario Government needs to recognize the changing face of parenthood and amend the Children's Law Reform Act to recognize parents of the same gender and developments in assisted reproduction. In M. (A.W.) v. S. (T.N.), 2014 ONSC 5420, Mr. Justice Henderson granted an application brought by two married men to be declared a child's [...]

By | February 25th, 2015|children, court decisions, parentage|0 Comments

Keeping Up With The Kids – extra-curricular activities when parents are separated

Although they recognize the benefits for kids, parents can sometimes feel that their lives are dictated by children's extra-curricular activites. Dance classes, hockey practices, guitar lessons, martial arts, and on and on. It's tough enough in families when the parents are together, can communicate fairly easily about these issues, and can "divide and conquer" to [...]

By | January 21st, 2015|children, parenting, separation|0 Comments

Are children’s cell phone costs to be shared by separated parents?

The Federal Child Support Guidelines allow for the sharing of "special or extraordinary" expenses for children, proportionate to their incomes.  This is in addition to basic child support calculated under the Guidelines.  The issue of what is "special or extraordinary" comes to court often.  Even more frequently, this issue is part of out-of-court discussions, negotiations, [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|children, support|1 Comment