Family Law Now Podcast

family law now podcast logo with microphone and speech bubbleFamily Law Now is hosted by Russell Alexander and features a guest speaker with whom he presents a meaningful review and analysis of family law issues. Russell has developed a remarkable understanding of family law throughout his 20+ years’ experience helping families resolve their legal issues. He is eager to share his jewels of wisdom with the listening public.

This podcast series delivers useful commentary and insights into timeless and trending family law issues. Family Law Now is a convenient resource for busy individuals to get answers to their legal questions on-the-go and keep up with Family Law Now.

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Episodes

Family Law Now | Ep. 35: Court Decides Whether Student Attends School In-Person or Online. Is This Decision “Medical” or “Educational”?

Date Recorded: September 15th, 2020 Episode Info Is the decision to attend school online “medical” or “educational”? Often times when separated parents cannot agree on what is best for their child, they take the matter to court. In this episode of Family Law Now, family lawyers discuss the most recent court rulings, analyze the options, […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 34: Should Courts Order Children to Attend School In-Person?

Recent court decision orders nine-year-old to attend school in-person during pandemic. Russell Alexander and fellow family lawyers, Nafisa Nazarali, Michelle Mulchan, and Bill Rogers analyze the factors considered in this decision. The outcome may serve as a precedent for several families in a similar circumstance. Our guest speakers share their opinion of the courts decision in this particular case. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙

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Family Law Now | Ep. 33: COVID-19 and Divorce (Part II) Law Firm Management

 Date Recorded: July 9th, 2020 Episode Info Reunited four months later, Russell Alexander, Billie Tarascio, and Brian Galbraith reflect on recent changes in their work life for their teams, existing clients, court procedures, and intake process. Brian Walters joins in the conversation as well to reveal his experience of “record breaking numbers in May […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 32: Divorce H.E.L.P.

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander invites collaborative professionals to announce H.E.L.P (High Efficiency Legal Process). The current pandemic limits the already overburdened court system even more. Fortunately, more couples are determined to be key players in the planning and the settlement process. The collaborative team was able to settle a divorce in less […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 31: Spousal Support – Part III

 Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Jason Isenberg and Nafisa Nazarli to discuss income and financial statements with respect to spousal support. Family court evaluates legitimacy of financial information provided and has the right to impute income. Consider the timeline and grounds to appeal spousal support orders and the consequences for failing to […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 30: Ontario Child Support during a Pandemic

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander invites experts Brian Galbraith, Jennifer Reynolds, and Abi Adeusi to discuss common concerns surrounding child support in light of the pandemic. Learn more about the basics of child support and the outcomes of recent court cases. What should the child support payor do if they’re laid off? What options are […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 29: Ontario Spousal Support during a Pandemic

In this episode, Russell Alexander invites family lawyers Wylita Clark, Carolyn Warner, and Josh Glieberman to answer the questions: What can we expect about spousal support going forward in light of the pandemic? Is spousal support going to be considered ‘urgent’ by the Ontario courts? Whether you are the payor or recipient, the pandemic may […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 28: Top 20 Questions About Covid-19 and Ontario Child Custody & Access

Russell Alexander and colleagues answer the top questions about child custody and access in Ontario related to covid-19. Collaborative professionals Jonathan Paynter, Jarret Johnston, and Marc D’Heureux provide answers and information for separated parents concerned about child access and parenting schedules during the pandemic. In these unprecedented times many separated parents are experiencing understandable anxiety about […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 27: Spousal Support – Part II

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is back with family lawyers, Jason Isenberg and Nafisa Nazarali to continue the analysis and breakdown of spousal support. Learn more about the elements of temporary and final spousal support orders such as NDIs, tax implications, and grounds for material change. Consider the potential pros and cons of lump […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 26: Ontario Courts to Paperless – Could COVID-19 Drive Digital Change?

 The pandemic brought Ontario Courts to a screeching halt – accepting nothing but emergency cases. Russell Alexander invites lawyers to weigh the pros and cons of an electronic, paperless justice system. Richard Harris and Brian Walters share their experiences in the United States where paperless files are not only the norm, they’re mandatory. Lynn Kirwin expresses […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 25: Virtual CP Study Group

Russell Alexander and Carrie Heinzl host their first virtual live study group with nearly fifty attendees. The study group includes collaborative professionals with proximity to York and Durham region. The facilitators utilize features within the zoom platform to encourage interactive and engaging discussions. The presentation covers a range of topics and insights from polls, chats, […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 24: Child Access During Self-Isolation, Lockdowns and Quarantines

Russell Alexander is joined virtually by family professionals to provide parenting tips in the pandemic. Guest speakers Jonathan Paynter, Allyson Gardner, and Francesca King discuss how to talk to your child about the coronavirus, technology dos and don’ts, and determining child access schedules. Francesca shares her experience so far in lockdown from Milan, Italy and suggests […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 23: Spouse in the House – How to Avoid Divorce

Episode Info Russell Alexander teams up with social workers to provide quarantined spouses with solutions they can implement on a day-to-day basis. Learn tips and tricks from experts Allyson Gardner, Karen Guthrie-Douse, and Jonathan Paynter to help you in this difficult time. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙   Show Notes Related Articles: COVID-19: Avoid Divorce […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 22: Covid-19, Divorce, and Remote Collaborative Practice Meetings

Our goal in these uncertain times is to provide hope by participating in virtual collaborative practice meetings. Despite the recent changes to the system due to COVID-19, legal professionals are able to resolve client’s family matters in a convenient timely manner.

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Family Law Now | Ep. 21: COVID-19 and Divorce

Date Recorded: March 15th, 2020 Episode Info Bonus episode: Listen in to the conference call with Russell Alexander and his fellow lawyers and thought leaders Billie Tarascio, Brian Galbraith, and Richard Harris. Between businesses and locations, their approaches differ, but they share a common priority to protect both employees of the firm and their clients. Since the recording of […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 20: Spousal Support – Part I

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Jason Isenberg and Nafisa Nazarali to provide general considerations regarding spousal support for clients and professionals. Follow along as they walk through hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate how variables factor into the quantum. Understand how the SSAGS interpret length of relationship, previous household roles, ages, employment […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 19: The Role of a Business Valuator in Divorce

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Business Valuator and Financial Professional, Jason Kwiatkowski to discuss how to accurately determine the value of your family business and how the results may affect your divorce. This podcast takes a deep dive into business valuation for determining family property and income assessments with respect to […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 18: Mandatory Information Program (MIP) Part II

 Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander takes a deep dive into the MIP session’s focus on children, decision making and potential consequences. Listen as Sanja Curic, Douglas Millstone and Russell Alexander thoroughly analyze the MIP. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙 Tune in on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts. Show Notes Ontario Family Court Sample Parenting […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 17: Mandatory Information Program (MIP) Part I

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Sanja Curic and Douglas Millstone to help separating couples prepare to attend the Mandatory Information Program. Find out what you can expect in terms of location, itinerary, what you need to bring, who you can bring, and the answer to “Do I really have to […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 16: Marketing Your Collaborative Practice

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by fellow collaborative lawyer, Brian Galbraith to teach family professionals how to get more cp files. Listen as two experienced collaborative lawyers address common concerns and share insight into unique perspectives. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙 Tune in on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts. Show Notes Satellite […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 15: Financing Your Divorce

 Episode Info Russell Alexander and Carolyn Warner sit down with John Panagakos to learn how financing a mortgage can help pay for your divorce. John discusses creative options for separated parties and provides expert knowledge for family law professionals. Find out the tough questions you should be asking. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙 Tune in on SoundCloud or […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 14: Christmas Access for Separated Parents

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander provides insight for parents seeking child access over the holidays with special guests Adam Borer and Nafisa Nazarali. Listen in as three family law lawyers discuss reasonable expectations, ideal circumstances, and alternatives to dispute resolution. This podcast episode is here to help newly separated parents, parents with an agreement, […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 13: Business Owners Reveal Their Top Marketing Tips

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander interviews Richard Harris, Brian Walters, and Brian Galbraith to reveal their number one marketing tips. Topics include target audience, client persona, seo, and networking for introverts. Tune in to Family Law Now 🎙 Tune in on SoundCloud or Apple Podcasts. Show Notes FamilyLLB.com Google My Business Twitter Facebook Business Page […]

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Family Law Now | Ep. 12: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Lawyer

Episode Info On this episode, Russell Alexander interviews Law Student, Stephanie Brooks, to find out if her experience has been as glamorous as it is portrayed in the movies. Stephanie opens up about her young thoughts of becoming a lawyer. She talks about her very first time in court and face-to-face interactions with a judge. Tune […]

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Family Law Now | Episode 11: Streamlined Flat Fee Process

On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Brian Galbraith to share the beneficial financial approach to your transition.

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Family Law Now | Episode 10: The Role of a Family Professional

On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Jonathan Paynter to define his role as a Family Professional in the collaborative process. His primary purpose is to reduce the amount of stress during the transition by improving communication and focusing on the mental health of each party individually, the children involved and the family.

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Family Law Now Available on iTunes

Family Law Now has been such an enjoyable collaborative experience from speaking with fellow professionals in the family law industry to hearing the response from our listeners. The podcast serves as an effective medium to provide the public with credible information on all aspects of family law. The podcast series has received tremendous feedback, so […]

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Family Law Now | Episode 9 Runaway Train: How to Derail High Conflict Court Cases Using Collaborative Practice


On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Wylita Clark and Jarret Johnston to educate individuals involved in a current family law case about their options. Often times, going to Court is the default decision because all the client hears is, “All aboard the self-represented litigants”. We are sharing our insight, experience, and success with this process to help you get on the right track.

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Family Law Now | Episode 8: Organizing the Collaborative Practice Movement

On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Brian Galbraith, board of directors member, chair to the access to collaborative comity, and of course collaborative professional. While discussing the variety of organizations and processes that support collaborative practice, they acknowledge its significant international growth and share insight into the future. To learn more tune in to Family Law Now.

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Family Law Now | Episode 7: Trials

On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by two family lawyers, Nafisa Nazarali and Jason Isenberg to share their experiences with trials and provide the public with knowledge and clarity. When will my trial occur? What should I wear? Will my children testify? Why do trials cost so much? To learn the answers to these questions and more, tune in to Family Law Now.

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Family Law Now | Episode 6: Case Conferences


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.

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Family Law Now | Episode 5: Top 10 Things That Might Surprise You About Collaborative Practice


On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by children’s lawyer, Jarret Johnston to discuss aspects of the collaborative process that might surprise you.

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Family Law Now | Episode 4: Top 10 Things You Should Know About a Financial Professional

On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Carrie Heinzl to share insight into understanding financial documents, developing creative solutions, and compromising with family members – all while going through a divorce.

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Family Law Now | Episode 3: Office of the Children’s Lawyer

On this episode, children’s lawyer, Jarret Johnston defines his role, explains the legal process, and clarifies common misconceptions. 

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Family Law Now | Episode 2: Top 10 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Practice

On this episode, hosted by Russell Alexander with special guest Jason Isenberg, two collaborative family lawyers discuss the process, resources, and the various benefits for clients who choose collaborative.

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Family Law Now | Episode 1: Top 10 Things You Should Know About Child Support


On this episode, hosted by Russell Alexander with special guest Michelle Mulchan, two family lawyers discuss everything from the basics to the complexities of child support. Tune in to Family Law Now to learn more!

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Introducing Family Law Now

Tune in on Monday June 10th, 2019 for Episode 1 of Family Law Now The new podcast series is the culmination of a long-standing passion project of democratizing access to information concerning family law matters. Family Law Now is hosted by Russell Alexander and a featured guest with whom he presents a meaningful review and […]

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