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 upon seclusion” has been part of Ontario law since 2012. The new tort of “publicly placing a person in a [...]

By | April 13th, 2020|court decisions, divorce, separation, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 know what their new schedule will be, and support arrangements needs to be determined. All of this takes a lot [...]

By | March 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 prompted by the need for more space, so that my colleague, Margot Hallman, and I could be in the same [...]

By | October 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 Guidelines. This was not what the father wanted. At the time of separation, the father had very low income as [...]

By | September 10th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 has a bad reputation when it comes to family law.  However, many lawyers do work well to support clients who [...]

By | September 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 house go up in flames when we buy insurance either. We plan for the worst and hope for the best. [...]

By | May 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 negotiating separation agreements, it is usually best to have the parties together in the same room, as the subtleties of [...]

By | July 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|1 Comment

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 with different people. Parenting After Separation The Truth About Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your [...]

By | May 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 to another. This leads to interesting issues. If parties come to Ontario from a jurisdiction that does not allow them [...]

By | March 5th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments