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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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This Year’s Scholarship Winner

Posted August 23, 2019

High school graduate, Lauren Kay received a $2,000 scholarship award towards her academic career courtesy of the Russell Alexander Scholarship Fund. She will be attending a law program in her first year of University. We would like to thank all the students with an interest in law who have submitted an application. The decision to choose Lauren for the scholarship was unanimous. We wish all the students and their parents a wonderful year and smooth transition going back to school.

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If the Parties Settle, Who’s Entitled to Legal Costs?

Posted August 22, 2019

If the Parties Settle, Who's Entitled to Legal Costs? 

The father had applied to the court for an order setting up an equal time-sharing parenting plan for his 5-year old son, and to have his child support obligations adjusted accordingly.  He felt this would allow the child to spend the maximum amount of time with both him and the child’s mother.

However, he waited until the final ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What can I do if my spouse doesn’t want to get a divorce?

Posted August 21, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: What can I do if my spouse doesn't want to get a divorce?

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 property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders.  For more information, visit us ...

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Canoe Tragedy at Cottage Leads to Conviction for Impaired Driving

Posted August 20, 2019

We are well into the long days of summer, which can be the season for family outings to the beach, European vacations, and lazy days at the cottage.

But not every well-intentioned summer adventure ends with good memories.

The recent criminal law decision in R. v. Sillars described an idyllic-sounding Muskoka canoe trip gone bad, culminating in the tragic death of an 8-year old boy.   The accused David Sillars – who was dating the boy’s mother – becomes the first person in Canada to be convicted of impaired driving charges while paddling a canoe.  He now faces a potential ...

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Family Law Now | Episode 6: Case Conferences

Posted August 19, 2019

Episode Info
On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Adam Borer to answer your questions about case conferences and help you prepare for your day in court. Tune in to Family Law Now to learn more.
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What’s the Legal Effect of Setting a Domestic Agreement Aside Pending Trial?

Posted August 15, 2019

In a recent case called MacLeod v. MacLeod, the court focused on a provision in the Ontario Family Law Act (namely, section 33(4)) that gives a court the clear power to overrule what spouses may have intended in their signed, written domestic agreements.

But what became less clear, is what the court’s proper legal approach should be when faced with a spouse who asks to have a domestic agreement set aside on an interim basis, (i.e. temporarily) until a full hearing into the issue can be held.  For example, if a court agrees to temporarily set aside a separation agreement until trial, and ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How To Persuade Your Spouse to Divorce Collaboratively

Posted August 14, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: Persuading Your Spouse to Choose Collaborative Divorce

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 property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders.  For more information, visit us ...

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Was Ex Wife Entitled to $500,000 in Life Insurance? Or Was it Merely to “Secure” Support?

Posted August 13, 2019

In Birnie v. Birnie the question for the court was this:

In a Separation Agreement, was the husband’s obligation to secure life insurance, naming his wife as a beneficiary, a “standalone” one, or was it solely for the purposes of “securing” his spousal support payments?

Michael died suddenly at age 61.  At the time, he was married to Sharon whom he had married in 2009.

Michael’s first wife was Janice, whom he married in 1987 and who he separated from in 2002.  Under his 2004 Separation Agreement from Janice, Michael agreed to secure a life insurance policy for $500,000, ...

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