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 [...]

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 [...]