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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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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Litigation vs Collaborative Practice

Posted June 5, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: Litigation vs Collaborative Practice
What is the difference between a litigation file and a collaborative practice file?
Usually the clients find the result much more satisfactory from a cp file, as appose to having a result imposed upon them by the court in a litigation file.
What is litigation?
Litigation is a typical traditional court file. There are two lawyers involved. The parties usually take an ...

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Married Thrice; Divorced Only Once – Court Untangles Man’s Complex Love-Life

Posted June 4, 2019

Married Thrice; Divorce Only Once - Court Untangles Man's Complex Love-Life

In a recent case called Lowe v. A.A. the court was asked to legally untangle the love-life of a man named Errol Lowe who had been married three times … but divorced only once.  This left the much-married Errol was in an interesting legal predicament, because it invited the question of whether his second and third ...

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Is Husband Only in Contempt of RRSP Non-Depletion Order if He Buys a Ferrari?

Posted May 30, 2019

Is Husband Only in Contempt of RRSP Non-Depletion Order if He Buys a Ferrari?

The wife and husband separated after having four children during eight years of marriage together.  They were divorced in 2012, but there had been extensive litigation in the years since, mainly revolving around the husband’s annual income (initially estimated by the court at $500,000) and his efforts to have his ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: 10 Tips About Collaborative Practice Agreements

Posted May 29, 2019

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Wednesday's Video Clip: 10 Tips About Collaborative Practice Agreements 

1. How does collaborative practice work? 5-Step Roadmap:
STEP ONE: Establish a Foundation
STEP TWO: Gather and Exchange Information
STEP THREE: Identify Choices and Options
STEP FOUR: Evaluate the Consequence
STEP FIVE: Come to ...

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Was Dad Merely a “Sperm Donor and Blank Cheque?” Or Was He Eligible for Shared Parenting?

Posted May 28, 2019

 

Was Dad Merely a "Sperm Donor and Blank Cheque?" Or Was He Eligible for Shared Parenting?

In V.P. v. D.M. the court had to settle whether the father’s purported role in his young daughter’s care and upbringing was as extensive as he imagined, and whether he was entitled – and capable – of having a fuller role in her life on a shared parenting basis.

The mother, a nurse, was 47 years ...

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Is a Stay-At-Home Parent Entitled to Legal Costs If They Successfully Self-Represent?

Posted May 23, 2019

Is a Stay-At-Home Parent Entitled to Legal Costs If They Successfully Self-Represent?

If you are a successful self-represented litigant entitled to be awarded your legal costs, does it matter what you do for living? Do stay-at-home-parents have a higher threshold to meet?

This was the question in a recent case called Cassidy v. Cassidy, which we wrote about in another recent Blog. There, the wife ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: The Value of a Neutral Family Professional

Posted May 22, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: The Value of a Neutral Family Professional 

What is the value of having a Neutral Family Professional in Collaborative Law?

• They provide a neutral voice to separating couples

• They improve communication between spouses

• Develop parenting ...

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Wealthy Man and Former Model:  Were They “Living Together” Despite Keeping Separate Residences?

Posted May 21, 2019

Wealthy Man and Former Model:  Were They “Living Together” Despite Keeping Separate Residences?

In yet another Ontario case that offers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the mega-rich, the recent decision in Climans v. Latner allowed the court to examines the contours of what constitutes a “common-law spouse” under the Ontario Family Law Act, in a situation where the jet-setting couple kept ...

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