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Questions one should ask before filing for divorce

The decision to pursue an Ontario divorce is often the hardest decision anyone will make. After all, no one gets married thinking that the union will end in divorce. When it comes time to consider whether or not filing for divorce is the best option though, there will probably be a lot of soul-searching.

A checklist of assets that might come up in a divorce case

There are many Ontarians who go into a divorce knowing that there will be a myriad of issues to address, but who are still surprised at how complex these cases can become. Sure, one knows more about their family, spouse and personal finances than anyone else, but once they become involved in the family law process, they will be exposed to other people -- judges and attorneys, for starters -- who oftentimes have decades of experience with divorce cases and the associated issues. During the divorce process, one area in which many people are somewhat surprised is when they learn the full extent of their assets and debts.

How do you know if it is time to consider a divorce?

Many of our Ontario readers are likely facing family problems that could include significant issues between spouses. Most people who are facing these situations do their best to work it out, but sometimes, all of the best efforts and intentions are not enough. How does one know if it is time to consider a divorce?

Science behind DNA testing and what it means in family law

Toronto family law issues are some of the most difficult legal problems. While most people enter a relationship and have children with someone else thinking that their bond will only grow with time, the unfortunate reality is that this is not always the case. Relationships fray and people can grow apart. However, if there are children from the relationship, certain legal realities need to be established. Paternity is one.

Using the best interests of the child standard in child custody

What is in the best interests of the child is the standard that is used to make child custody decisions. The best interests of the child standard is the guiding standard when decisions impacting children, such as the custody of a child, are considered.

What to expect from property division during divorce

The divorce process can feel overwhelming, and divorcing couples likely have a long list of priorities and concerns they want to address during the divorce process. It is important for divorcing spouses to understand how to protect their interests and the wealth they have accumulated during their marriage, especially in circumstances of a high asset divorce.

FAMILY LAW BREAKTHROUGH! U.F.C. EXPANSION COMING TO CANADA

Many thanks to my esteemed colleague, Philip Epstein, for granting permission to publish here his report with respect to the expected expansion of unified family courts in Canada and particularly in Ontario.  Published with permission from Westlaw's "Epstein's This Week in Family Law, Fam. L. News. 2018-13 [copyright Thomson Reuters Canada Limited]: 

Disappearing Dads - A Report from the Canadian Association for Equality Panel Discussion 26 November 2015

Due to the tremendous force of gender role expectations, it has been a struggle for divorced men to bring their personal struggles into the public sphere. On a chilly November evening, I headed downtown to attend a lecture on "Disappearing Dad's", hosted by the Canadian Association for Equality. The event was heavily protested. The irony of the backlash at this lecture was that we were joining together to discuss an issue that affects men and women alike.

"The family law justice system is fundamentally broken."

I am reproducing here a most insightful piece by my colleague, Philip Epstein. Mr. Epstein is one of the most foremost experts in family law in Canada. He has been a leader in many aspects of the system from directing the family law program at Ontario's Bar Admission Course to being intimately involved in law reform to being an informative and entertaining speaker at numerous legal education programs in Canada and abroad.  I too have written about the necessity for systemic reform.  When Phil says that the system is broken, we can believe him. The added bolded and italicized emphasis in Phil's text is courtesy of Gene C. Colman. The reproduction of Phil's article here is presented with his kind permission for which we heartily thank him. ... Gene C. Colman

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