FAQs Saving the Family Business

Why might avoiding court be important for my business?

You might not want to litigate your family law matter in court because it could have negative effects on the viability of your business. This is because court matters are public record and court documents filed by the parties can be accessed by anyone.

To bring a family law matter before a court, the party seeking relief is required to disclose relevant financial information and provide supporting documentation upon filing an application. This triggers the court process, requiring the responding party to make similar disclosure. These documents form part of the continuing record and can generally be accessed by any member of the general public.

Disclosure of your personal and financial information may have negative effects on the reputation of your business. If you have a high profile business, news of your court matter may be picked up by news media, which may cause irreparable harm to your business reputation. Even if your business is less known, information about your business may get into the wrong hands. Ultimately, the public nature of the court process may impact your business’ bottom line, and quite possibly, its viability.

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About the author

Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, 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. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.

For more information, visit our website, or you can call us at: 905-655-6335.