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"Russell changed my life – with dignity, integrity – and all out of court. I stopped worrying when I retained him. Collaborative practice is just better practice." - Sarah V.

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Long-Overdue Divorce Act Amendments Are Likely On the Horizon

Posted January 31, 2019

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Long-Overdue Divorce Act Amendments Are Likely On the Horizon

Canadian law has not seen a substantive change to the federal Divorce Act in more than 30 years.  But with the mid-2018 introduction of Bill C-78 (which has the unwieldy title of “An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How to Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

Posted January 30, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: How to Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

In this law video Russell Alexander review the different ways you can get more information about family law.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family ...

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Did Landlord Have Duty to Warn Woman of Fraudster Boyfriend?

Posted January 29, 2019

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Did Landlord Have Duty to Warn Woman of Fraudster Boyfriend?

In a decision called Larizza v. The Royal Bank of Canada, the court introduced the facts this way:

The [female] plaintiff … was the unfortunate victim of a [male] fraudster.  She met [the man] in February 2012, and married him in March 2013.  During the course of their relationship, [the man] persuaded [the woman] to sell her house, move in with him, and give him ...

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Court Comes Down Hard on Self-Represented Wife – And Orders $150,000 in Costs Against Her

Posted January 24, 2019

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Court Comes Down Hard on Self-Represented Wife – And Orders $150,000 in Costs Against Her

On a recent ruling to allocate costs of the litigation between a former couple that lasted almost two decades, the court had some pointed comments about self-represented litigants in general, and about the wife’s unreasonable conduct in the case, specifically.

The court began its judgment this way:

A New ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Can an Ontario Support Agreement or Order Be Changed?

Posted January 23, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: Can an Ontario Support Agreement or Order be Changed? 

Yes, if both parents agree, they can simply make the change to the existing agreement or make a new agreement. The agreement must be dated, signed by both parents, and signed by a witness. The new agreement should be filed with the court where the original one was filed and then mailed to the FRO. If it is not filed with the court, the FRO cannot enforce the new support ...

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Family Judge Says:   “The Guidelines are Not a Price List”

Posted January 22, 2019

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Family Judge Says: “The Guidelines are Not a Price List”

Many of or previous Blog posts have illustrated how the provincial Child Support Guidelines, and its federal counterpart, the federal Child Support Guidelines work in various factual contexts, to guide parents and judges in determining how much child support each separated or divorcing parent should pay.

In the past year alone, we have given examples ...

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On Income Tax, Support Arrears, and Retroactive Support

Posted January 17, 2019

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On Income Tax, Support Arrears, and Retroactive Support

Income tax time will be upon us soon enough.  If you are receiving spousal support from your former spouse, you may wonder how those support payments should be treated when it comes time to file your income tax return with the Canada Revenue Agency.

The answer is straightforward:  If you are receiving spousal support from your former spouse or common-law partner, ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Top 5 Questions About Spousal Support in Ontario, Canada

Posted January 16, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: Top 5 Questions About Spousal Support in Ontario, Canada

In this video Russell reviews some of the more common questions about spousal support in Ontario, including:

1) What is spousal support?

Spousal support -- which is sometimes called "alimony" -- is money paid from one spouse to the other after the dissolution of the relationship. The obligation to pay spousal support is a legal one, and may arise either from a ...

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