May 23, 2018

Federal government looks to put children first in Divorce Act overhaul — Lorne Wolfson discusses the changes in The Globe and Mail

Lorne Wolfson, a Toronto lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, and head of the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, praised the family-law bill, but said the government could have gone further by requiring that alternatives to courtroom litigation be tried first.

May 16, 2018

When does a separated spouse have to pay rent to an ex?

In her latest column in the National Post, Laurie Pawlitza provides an overview of the lesson learned from a recent case: conduct matters.

May 02, 2018

New romantic partners can be dragged into the fray in support disputes

Laurie Pawlitza writes in her latest column in the National Post that although new partners may have no direct or immediate financial obligations to their new spouse, the mere fact of the relationship can put their privacy at risk.

Apr 18, 2018

What child and spousal support payors (and recipients) need to know at tax time — Laurie Pawlitza provides an overview in the National Post

In the world of family law, April is just one more month where separated spouses feel the financial pain of separation.

Apr 04, 2018

A boxer's legal dispute sheds light on questions of capacity — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the importance of this recent case in the National Post

Justice Frances Kiteley recently dealt with the question of mental capacity to reconcile in the 2018 decision of Chuvalo v. Chuvalo, a sad case between George Chuvalo and his family.

Mar 22, 2018

Hand over the ballet slippers — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the issues with ‘Frequent flyer’ parents who tie up family courts with trivial complaints in her latest column in the National Post

But there's a developing niche profession of people who will resolve these disputes — at a cost, of course.

Mar 08, 2018

Lorne Wolfson discusses achieving third party settlements when criminal charges are involved in The Lawyer's Daily

Many family law cases have parallel criminal proceedings.

Mar 08, 2018

Alienating a former spouse may come with a cost in family court — Laurie Pawlitza discusses if a parent is obliged to pay child support when a child refuses to have a relationship in the National Post

Is a parent obliged to pay child support when a child refuses to have a relationship? Sometimes no.

Feb 22, 2018

Damages for spousal abuse are on the rise after several years of neglect in family court — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the change in her latest column in the National Post

It’s becoming more common for people to make claims for monetary damages as compensation for the harm suffered arising from assaults

Feb 07, 2018

Zombie spousal support: Laurie Pawlitza discusses spousal support obligations to your ex after death in her latest column in the National Post

The agreement must contain a clause that spousal support ends on the death of the recipient, or you keep paying.

Jan 24, 2018

She lied about being on the pill, and now she's pregnant. Laurie Pawlitza discusses if you still have to pay child support in her latest column in the National Post

Unwilling fathers have made many creative claims to try to avoid their child support obligations when parenthood has been thrust upon them.

Nov 29, 2017

In family court, there's no hiding the Ferrari — Laurie Pawlitza discusses family support obligations in her latest column in the National Post

If you claim you’re so poor you can’t afford a penny of child support, best not to be driving a red Ferrari convertible. In addition to two Mercedes-Benzes …

Nov 15, 2017

Laurie Pawlitza discusses how the courts determine spousal support in her latest column in the National Post

Spousal support remains one of the most contentious issues separating couples must navigate.

Oct 23, 2017

Lorne Wolfson authors Settling Family Law Cases: Practical Techniques for Advocates and Neutrals

Containing hundreds of practical tips, Settling Family Law Cases: Practical Techniques for Advocates and Neutrals explains how to prepare for negotiation and mediations, choose the right dispute resolution process, develop cooperative parenting plans, deal with difficult parties, and overcome impasse.

Jul 12, 2017

Laurie Pawlitza discusses how the courts handle broken engagements in her latest column in the Financial Post

Family lawyers regularly deal with tricky issues relating to separation and divorce, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. But when a couple fails to make it down the aisle, we can find ourselves giving advice on one of the most vexing questions of all: who gets to keep the engagement ring?

Jun 29, 2017

Laurie Pawlitza discusses how a support payor's death leads to a complex court case involving an estranged wife, fiancee and an unborn child in her latest column in the Financial Post

Before Stephen died, he prepared a will — contrary to a court order — that split his life insurance between his two families. That's when the lawyers got involved.

Mar 02, 2016

Adam Black quoted in Law Times about social media evidence

“But would lawyers advise clients to delete posts that may not reflect well on them? For Adam Black, a lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP, the answer is no.” Read the full article here (subscription required).

Apr 20, 2015

Lorne Wolfson receives the 2015 OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law

Torkin Manes is pleased to congratulate Lorne Wolfson, honoured recipient of the 2015 OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James G. McLeod. This award will be presented at the Ontario Bar Association Family Law Section dinner at The...

Aug 25, 2014

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015  

We are pleased to announce the selection of 13 Torkin Manes lawyers as leaders in their respective fields, as published in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Based on a highly-regarded annual peer review survey, Torkin Manes’ ...