Jul 19, 2018

Adam Black and Jessica Brown author chapters in Support Rights & Obligations Under Ontario Family Law published by Thomson Reuters

Published by Thomson Reuters, Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law expertly analyzes the essential legislation and case law, allowing the reader to fully understand the current state of the law in the complex yet crucial area of support.

Jul 11, 2018

Attention wealthy spouses: Your family trust won't always save you when dividing assets in a separation — Laurie Pawlitza discusses this issue in her latest column in the National Post

A spouse may well defeat the entire purpose of the trust he or she created to escape equalization of assets if he or she fails to give up control of it.

Jun 27, 2018

Adam Black reviews why the date of separation in a marriage breakup can be a contentious and costly issue in his latest column in the National Post

Selecting one date of separation over another can have a significant impact on the amount of support owed.

Jun 22, 2018

Support Rights & Obligations Under Ontario Family Law edited by Robert Halpern launches June 21, 2018

Published by Thomson Reuters, Support Rights and Obligations Under Ontario Family Law is a comprehensive resource that addresses the many important issues relating to child and spousal support.

Jun 15, 2018

Adam Black quoted in several publications on a recent decision to recognize three adults as the legal parents of a child born within their polyamorous family

“The legislature may need to turn its mind to these issues to have the legislation keep pace with the evolution of what a family looks like today,” Black said.

Jun 13, 2018

All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge — Laurie Pawlitza reviews the landmark decision in the National Post

The decision is the first of its kind in Canada. A judge in Newfoundland and Labrador decided the adults in a three-way relationship would be named as parents of the child born within their partnership.

May 30, 2018

Why Ottawa's changes to the Divorce Act don't go far enough — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the changes in the National Post

While it addresses outdated language, it misses out on catching up on provincial changes to legislation (and even just informal ones) that have long been made in courts across Canada.

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.