COVID-19 Measures

Paul Family Law Professional Corporation will be following public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have been working remotely beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and [...]

Reading List for Separating Parents

In this day and age, when a family is experiencing a separation, one of the first places looked to for information is the internet. Alas, you found this blog post with a reading list for [...]

Post-Separation Considerations That Go A Long Way

When couples decide to separate, there are many things that may need to be sorted out and it can become  overwhelming at times. Among other things, property needs to be divided, the children need to [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Your Date of Separation and Why It Matters

The term “date of separation” is so often used in family law that legal professionals sometimes forget the weight that it carries outside of the legal process. For many, the date of separation is an [...]

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 [...]

Unbundled Legal Services

If you are representing yourself in a family law matter, you are not alone. Over half of the litigants in family court are not represented by lawyers. For many, it is because their incomes fall [...]

When is the best time to negotiate your settlement?

People respond to separation in their own way and in their own time. Sometimes, two people can grieve the loss of the same relationship in very different ways.  This is completely normal and understandable.  But [...]

More than $500,000 in Legal Costs for a Family of Modest Means

In the 2016 costs decision in the case of Jackson v. Mayerle, Justice Pazaratz of the Superior Court of Ontario makes stinging comments about the impact of high conflict litigation on a family of modest [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

New Office Space for Hallman, Paul Dispute Resolution Services

I am happy to report that I have now moved into a new office - same building, just a few floors up.  I am at 345 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville, Suite 506. The move was [...]

Court of Appeal Upholds Parents’ Agreement to Share Children’s Expenses Instead of Paying Guideline Support

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in Stevenson v. Smit, 2014 ONCA 521, upheld an agreement by parents that they would share the children's expenses instead of having Table child support paid under the Child Support [...]

Choosing a Family Lawyer to Support Mediation

When parties enter into a mediation process, one of the first things that I usually hear is, "We don't want to use lawyers, we've heard horror stories..." There is no doubt that the legal profession [...]

Mediation for marriage contracts or cohabitation agreements

Mediation is an excellent way to have the tough talks about "what if". Let's face it, most people deciding to spend their lives together aren't planning to separate. However, we don't plan to have our [...]

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 [...]

Voluntary retirement doesn’t mean spousal support ends

Often when parties separate, they include a clause in their separation agreement that says spousal support can end or be reviewed when there is a "material change of circumstances".  What does this mean if the [...]

New Year, New Plans – best practices for separated parenting

The new year is a time to organize, and plan forward.  We often make resolutions, trying to make this year better than the last. Separated parents can use this time to set expectations for the [...]

Online Dispute Resolution For Separation and Divorce

Advances in technology have brought huge opportunities for family mediation. Video and audio conferencing, and shared document and calendar programs provide options to separating couples that help them come to agreement and minimize conflict. In [...]

Some light reading

It can be helpful when separating to consider different options and perspectives.  I've put together a library of some resources that may be helpful. These are in no particular order, and different ones will resonate [...]

Civil Partnership in the UK Treated as Marriage in Ontario,

Many jurisdictions do not allow same sex couples to marry. Ontario does not differentiate between same sex and opposite sex marriage. Families are more and more mobile, and may move from one type of jurisdiction [...]

Upcoming AFCC Information Night in Oakville for Family Professionals

An Evening of Film, Refreshments, Appetizers, & Discussion of Family Law Dilemmas For: SOCIAL WORKERS, JUDGES, PSYCHOLOGISTS, MEDIATORS, LAWYERS AND COUNSELLORS Wednesday November 21st, 2012 5:00pm – 7:00pm Oakville Conference Centre 2515 Wyecroft Road Oakville, [...]

Ontario Court of Appeal respects parties’ agreement to keep disputes out of court

The Ontario Court of Appeal, in Grosman v. Cookson, 2012 ONCA 551, decided that the fact that a support recipient files a separation agreement with the court for enforcement does not mean that the court [...]