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Wednesday’s Video Clip: 4 Ways To Enforce Child and Spousal Support Orders in Ontario

Posted May 10, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: 4 Ways To Enforce Child and Spousal Support Orders in Ontario

For those ex-spouses who are subject to a court order or have agreed that one of them will pay spousal or child support to the other, there are several points about the enforcement of such orders or agreements that are noteworthy, this video reviews some important points to consider.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is ...

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Facebook Steps in to Counteract “Revenge Porn”

Posted May 8, 2017

Facebook Steps in to Counteract “Revenge Porn”

Recently I posted a few blogs that dealt with the criminal exposure and privacy interests that can be placed at stake when one former relationship partner decides to post salacious images of the other partner without his or her consent, in what has been colloquially referred to as “revenge porn”.

According to a recent announcement by Facebook’s Global Head ...

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Ontario Family Lawyer’s New Book Outlines Path to a Successful Divorce

Posted May 4, 2017

Ontario Family Lawyer’s New Book Outlines Path to a Successful Divorce

Noted family lawyer Russell Alexander has written a book outlining the path to a successful divorce, taking readers step-by-step through the process from finding a lawyer to handling post- litigation issues. This one of the few books that touches exclusively on Ontario divorce law.

In 300+ pages, Alexander’s book, “The ...

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Must Support-Paying Father Abandon Music-Career Dreams?

Posted May 4, 2017

Must Support-Paying Father Abandon Music-Career Dreams?

In a case called Caine v Ferguson, the court was asked to consider whether a support-paying father of a child, who now had additional children to support, should be relieved of paying $11,000 in support arrears, because he acted as a stay-at-home dad while pursuing a fledgling part-time music career.

The 29-year old father had been previously ordered to pay $332 per ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Two Necessary Evils – Know Your Obligations Re: Income Tax and Spousal/Child Support

Posted May 3, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Two Necessary Evils - Know Your Obligations Re: Income Tax and Spousal/Child Support

Income tax: Not a popular concept even at the best of times. But add in the obligations, which arise in the context of paying child or spousal support, and it's enough to cause heart palpitations in most Canadians.

This is because the Canada Revenue Agency rules relating to how support payments are to be treated are ...

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Justice Pazaratz Blasts Father for Using Mother’s Sexy Selfies in Court

Posted May 1, 2017

Justice Pazaratz Blasts Father for Using Mother’s Sexy Selfies in Court

Recently I’ve highlighted some of the rulings by the often-outspoken Ontario Superior Court Justice Pazaratz. The decision in S. (J.) v M. (M.) is the next in line, and involves Justice Pazaratz lambasting the father in a custody battle for filing inappropriate materials with the court as part of the parties’ custody battle. Specifically, ...

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Family Proceedings as Catharsis?

Posted April 27, 2017

Family Proceedings as Catharsis?

The Family courts across the country must see their fair share of acrimony, shameful conduct, sad stories, and tears.

In a pair of cases from western Canada, the courts made insightful observations about the unspoken role that the Family justice system fulfills: to provide the participants with an opportunity to tell their side of the story, and have their “day in court”.

This ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Whether a Parent has a Right to Move with a Child – the Concept of “Mobility” in Family Law.

Posted April 26, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Whether a Parent has a Right to Move with a Child - the Concept of "Mobility" in Family Law.

The moment that the parents of a child separate, everyone's life circumstances change immediately: there are usually new living arrangements and a custody and access schedule put in place.

But as time passes, there may be other developments as well; for example the parents may embark on new relationships ...

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For a Divorce Trial, is $430,000 in Legal Fees Too Much?

Posted April 24, 2017

For a Divorce Trial, is $430,000 in Legal Fees Too Much?

Anyone who has gone through a divorce will know that legal costs can get out of control. But consider the recent Ontario case of McCabe v Tissot, where the court was asked to rule on whether the husband should pay the wife’s legal fees of $430,000, part of divorce litigation that “financially devastated” both former spouses, and which saw the wife ...

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Father Who Paid $400K in Legal Fees to “Cause Financial Harm to the Mother and His Son” Ordered to Pay Mother’s Costs Too

Posted April 20, 2017


Father Who Paid $400K in Legal Fees to “Cause Financial Harm to the Mother and His Son” Ordered to Pay Mother’s Costs Too

If a father runs up almost $400,000 in legal costs – including nearly $75,000 in expert fees – in pursuit of a low-dollar-value victory in court, should this be considered in assessing legal costs later on?

In Jordan v Stewart, court was asked to allocate legal costs in connection with ...

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