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3 Myths About Mediation

I love meeting with prospective clients about the mediation process. Oftentimes, they want to mediate but are not sure whether the process is right for them. Through our complimentary process calls, which can be booked [...]

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Should I Get A “Pre-nup” – Part Three

This is the final article of a three-part series. In the first article, we introduced the importance of cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts. In the second article, we provided a general summary of the differences [...]

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Should I Get A “Pre-nup” – Part Two

This is the second article of a three-part series. In the first article, found here, we introduce the importance of cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts. In this article, we will discuss the differences in the [...]

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Should I Get A “Pre-Nup” – Part One

The two most common misconceptions we hear from clients on this topic are either:   That family law is the same whether you are married or common law partners; or   That there are no rights or [...]

Unmarried Couple With Separate Homes May Still Give Rise to Spousal Support

Many believe that spousal support only applies to married couples. In fact, common law spouses may be required to pay spousal support as well. When are common law partners considered “spouses”? Section 29 of the [...]

Bill 207: Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act

On September 24, 2020, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor introduced Bill 207, otherwise known as the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act. When the federal government announced Bill C-78 in 2019 to make changes to the Divorce [...]

The Effect of Gifts, Inheritances, and Date of Marriage Property on Equalization

There is often the expectation that in family law, “everything is going to be divided equally”. While it is true that the Family Law Act provides for the equalization of family property for married spouses, equalization does not [...]

The Back-to-School Dilemma in a Pandemic

This year’s back-to-school experience remains an ongoing challenge for children, parents, educators, school boards, and public officials.   In Ontario, parents have the option to keep their children out of class ad school boards are required to provide [...]

Am I “Legally Separated”?

Our clients often ask us about the process to become “legally separated”. They are surprised to hear that there is no such thing as “legally separated”; you are simply “separated”. We find that when clients [...]

Born-Again “First-Time Home Buyers” under the Home Buyers’ Plan After Separation

You are likely familiar with or even used the old Home Buyer’s Plan, a federal program that allows home buyers to put funds in their Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) toward the purchase of a [...]

Need Help Co-Parenting? There’s an App for That!

When families transition into two households after a separation, co-parenting can be a challenge. There are several online tools designed to help families work through some of the most common co-parenting challenges, such as: coordinating [...]

Separation Considerations That Are Often Overlooked

When couples decide to separate, there are many things that may need to be sorted out and it can become overwhelming at times. We are mediators and we are here to help. Click here to book a free [...]

10 Tips from a Lawyer/Mediator for 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, [...]

5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Separation Using Mediation

Our clients often tell us they are looking for a process that will reduce the time and cost to negotiate their separation. Mediation is intended to provide a dispute resolution process that can cost couples [...]

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 [...]

Financial Implications of COVID-19 in Family Law – Part One

We are now a few months into the COVID-19-era and just over a month into the implementation of “stay home” protocols and the shutting down of “non-essential” businesses. The full scope of the financial consequences [...]

The New Tort of “Publicly Placing a Person in a False Light”

Breaking news! Justice Kristjanson recognized a new tort in Ontario law: the tort of “publicly placing a person in a false light” in the case of Yenokvian v. Gulian, 2019 ONSC 7279. The tort of “intrusion [...]

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 [...]