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Family Law Now Virtual Event Recording Release: Divorce, Parenting & Self-help

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Recording Release – Divorce, Parenting & Self-help

We are pleased to announce the virtual event recording release of Divorce, Parenting & Self-help: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

In this 1-hour live virtual event, Ontario Collaborative Family Lawyers, Russell Alexander, Margie Primero-Pimentel & Cindy Vergara share their insights on parenting and self-help in divorce and family law.

The panel covers the following topics:

1. The Basics: What is self-help (“SH”)
a. Divorce & Separation
b. Parenting & Parenting Time Language
c. Self-help
d. The Lexicon of “Self-help”

2. Status Quo

3. The Good
a. Status quo – could be good for your situation
b. Best interests of the child – standard to overturn
i. Domestic Violence
c. Proactive tools:
i. Notice & Agreements
ii. Court Orders
d. Help to reduce conflict
e. FDR/ADR solutions

4. The Bad
a. Exclusive possession orders – what does this open you to? Occupation rent, who will pay for the expenses, can you change the locks?
b. Status quo –did you acquiesce?
c. Virtual snooping- tort liability
d. Emergency court proceedings – costly, unpredictable, new status quo to be created as result of self-help, decision follows you
e. When your spouse does SH

5. The Ugly
a. Parent leaving the jurisdiction/country without other parent’s consent or knowledge
i. Hague/ police involvement/ multiple proceedings
ii. Preventative Measures: What can you do?
– Where is your child traveling to?
– Passport Controls
– Time is of the Essence

6. Case Law

Watch the full presentation here:

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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), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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