Gene C. Colman

Gene C. Colman

Managing Partner
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone:
888-389-3099
Fax:
416-635-5468
Email:

As a father of seven children, and grandfather to 11, I realize how essential it is for children to have significant contact and input from both parents. A divorce should not mean that one parent becomes cut off from the children.

I believe that men generally have been quite poorly treated by Canada's family law justice system. The "deadbeat dad" stereotype has unfortunately become mainstream and has made its way into the very fabric of the legal system.

I have found that in many cases for a father to maintain a meaningful relationship with his children post-separation/divorce, he must bring forth much more and better quality evidence than would a mother. Many of my clients are fathers who wish to maintain relationships with their children.

Do I represent women? Certainly. My clients quickly come to realize that my chief concern is representing people whose rights and concerns are unfairly threatened. Men certainly do not have a corner on injustice.

After more than 37 years as a family law lawyer, I find that I do best for clients who have challenging situations of fact and/or law. I welcome complex cases, particularly meritorious appeals on points of law.

My approach to the crucial issues in modern family law are front and centre:

  • Equal Shared Parenting: There should be a rebuttable presumption in favour of equal shared parenting.
  • Parental Alienation: The advocate for the "target" parent must think outside of the box and devise ways to achieve real results for the client. While not every case can have a solution, there are far too many cases where the legal system does not respond with sufficient resolve and creativity.
  • Fair Treatment for all - Procedural Fairness: Family courts must dispense justice in an even handed manner without discrimination. Preserving procedural rights ensures that each side has the opportunity to fully and fairly place his/her case before the court.
  • Gender Equality: Courts must make decisions without preconceived notions based upon a person's gender.
  • Fathers' Rights: Some react negatively to this term. I believe that "Fathers' Rights" should equal "Family Rights".
  • Child Support: Child support should be administered in our courts in a fair and balanced fashion.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Family Law
  • Alimony & Spousal Support
  • Children's Rights
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Domestic Violence & Neglect
  • Paternity
  • Prenuptial Agreements

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1979

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • LL.B. - 1977
    • Law Journal: Canadian Journal of Family Law, Founder and Former Managing Editor, 1976 - 1977
    • Law Journal: Wikipedia Entry for Canadian Journal of Family Law, Advisory Board
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • M.A. - 1974
    • Major: Programme, International Relations
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
    • B.A. - 1973
    • Major: International Relations
    • Minor: Political Science
  • York University - 1970

Published Works

  • "Joint Custody: Recent Developments", 4 C.F.L.Q. 1, 1989
  • "Joint Custody: An Update", 19 R.F.L. (3d) 246, 1989
  • "The Language of Custody: Terminology, Trends and the Canadian Experience", The Federation o Law Societies, The Canadian Bar Association, 1992
  • "The Language of Custody: Terminology, Trends and the Canadian Experience", National Family Law Programme, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • "Gender Bias and Family Law: Where are We?", The Federation of Law Societies and The Canadian Bar Association, 2000
  • "Gender Bias and Family Law: Where are We?", National Family Law Programme, St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Procedural Fairness and Case Conferences, Canadian Journal of Family Law, Vol. 20(2), p. 379, 2004
  • "Fuss About Pensions - Practical Suggestions", Money & Family Law, August, 1996
  • "Pension Reform – Watch Out", Money & Family Law, Vol. 20, No. 7, July, 2005
  • "Guidelines' Undue Hardship Produces Conflicting Decisions", Money & Family Law, Vol. 13, No. 7, July, 1998
  • "Child Support Guidelines - New Laws, New Challenges", 15 C.F.L.Q. 229, 1998
  • "Contino v. Leonelli-Contino - A critical analysis of the Ontario Court of Appeal interpretation of section 9 of the Child Support Guidelines", 22 Canadian Family Law Quarterly 63, 2004
  • "Contino v. Leonelli-Contino - A critical analysis of the Ontario Court of Appeal interpretation of section 9 of the Child Support Guidelines", Canadian Journal of Family Law 291, Vol. 20(2), 2004

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • "The Language of Custody: Terminology, Trends and the Canadian Experience", National Family Law Programme, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, 1992
  • "The Language of Custody: Terminology, Trends and the Canadian Experience", The Federation of Law Societies and The Canadian Bar Association
  • "Gender Bias and Family Law: Where are We?", The Federation of Law Societies and The Canadian Bar Association
  • "Gender Bias and Family Law: Where are We?", National Family Law Programme, St. John's, Newfoundland, 2000
  • Family Law Practice and Policy to FACT (Fathers Are Capable Too)), Toronto, Ontario
  • Family Justice Review Committee of Halton, Burlington, Ontario, 2004
  • Family Justice Review Committee of Halton, Burlington, Ontario, 2009
  • "Parental Alienation in Canada: Trends Analysis", Canadian Symposium for Parental Alienation Syndrome, Toronto Convention Centre, March 27, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member, 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Associate Member, 1990 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Colin Rayner, Hamilton, Ontario, Solicitor, 1979 - 1980
  • Official Guardian's Child Representation Panel, Member, 1980 - 1988
  • Rayner, Oliver & Colman, Hamilton, Partner, 1980 - 1982
  • Hamilton, Sole Practitioner, 1982 - 1988
  • Teplitsky, Colson, Toronto & Brampton, Associate, 1988 - 1990
  • Colman, Greenwood & Posen, Toronto, Senior Partner, 1990 - 1995

Pro Bono Activities

  • Founding Editor, currently Member Advisory Board Member, Canadian Journal of Family Law, 1976 - Present
  • 1st President and currently Member Board of Directors Balmoral Homeowners Association, 1990 - Present
  • Founding Member, Former Sec-Treas., currently ex officio advisor to Board of Directors, Canadian Equal Parenting Council, 2004 - Present

Languages

  • English