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Ep.78: Russell Alexander is joined by leading experts in the fertility law and family law profession, Shirley Eve Levitan and Amrit Malhotra.
Explore the dynamic world of artificial intelligence and its profound advancements and impact on the legal industry.
Family Law Now | Ep. 76: Divorced and Separated Parents: Back to School Tips, Tricks, and Common Disputes
Episode 76 Our panel of seasoned family lawyers aims to provide parents, as well as equipped law professionals with supporting their clients by sharing effective strategies and practical tips for navigating the unique complexities of family law challenges that arise during the back-to-school season. By providing these insights, our team hopes that some of these […]
Family Law Now | Ep. 75: Ontario Family Lawyers’ Experiences with the Adoption of Technology Town Hall
Episode 75 The Family Law Ad Hoc Steering Committee was joined by Professors Nicholas Bala (Queen’s Law), Rachel Birnbaum (Social Work at Kings University College – Western) who conducted a survey with their colleague Claire Houston (Law at Western University) to help understand the experiences of family lawyers as a result of the pandemic and […]
The ever-evolving landscape of technology and implications that developments in AI could have on the family law industry.
Episode 73 Russell Alexander, Professor Nicholas Bala, Brian Galbraith, Lisa Gelman, and Nafisa Nazarali hosted a live virtual town hall for legal professionals and members of the public regarding presumptive hearings in Ontario Family Courts. 1. Access to Justice 2. Different Approaches in Different Judicial Regions 3. Family Bar Experience Regarding In-Person Hearings Since April 4. What […]
Episode 72 Russell Alexander is joined by bankruptcy experts to host an extended audience Q&A session, as an extension of the Bankruptcy & Breakdown of the Marriage 101 & 201 programs. Tune in to gain insight as to how bankruptcy applies to divorce. 1. Consumer proposals 2. Equalization 3. Child & Spousal Support Obligations 4. Bankruptcy […]
Episode 71 Ontario collaborative family lawyers provide practical tips for clients to optimize their time with their lawyer, in order to navigate their legal matters as effectively and efficiently as possible. How To Make the Most of an Appointment with a Lawyer Be prepared. List your questions in advance. Don’t send multiple emails. Either one […]
Episode 70 Russell Alexander moderates a panel discussion with fellow 2023 Law Society of Ontario Bencher Election candidates, Angela Ogang, Atrisha Lewis and Steven Benmor. The candidates are also joined on the panel by former bencher, Gavin MacKenzie and the President of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario, Monica Santos. The panelists provide insights into the […]
Panelists Russell Alexander, Carrie Heinzl, and Jonathan Paynter share their knowledge of Collaborative Practice methods and principles and offer insights from their experience and in their area of expertise when working with professionals who are not trained in collaborative practice.
Episode 68 In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Michelle Mulchan, Margie Primero-Pimentel & Kimberly Paynter share their experiences and insights as women in the legal profession. They discuss the following topics: Having Children Maternity Leave Sole Practitioners Female Lawyers in the Workplace Judges Mental Health Resources What do we do about […]
Associate Family Lawyers Bill Rogers, Margie Primero-Pimentel & Susanna Crichlow discuss Spousal Support in Ontario.
Episode 66 The panel of Ontario-based family lawyers and bankruptcy and insolvency experts will be sharing their insights on advanced topics on bankruptcy as it applies to separation and divorce, as an extension of Episode 65: Bankruptcy & Breakdown of the Marriage 101. A quick recap of Divorce, Bankruptcy and Family: 101 a. What are […]
Ontario-based family lawyers, Bill Rogers and Golan Yaron, and bankruptcy and insolvency experts, Howard Manis and Linda Stern share their insights on the topic of bankruptcy as it applies to separation and divorce.
Russell Alexander, Michelle Mulchan, Carolyn Warner, and Annie Yektaeian, discuss the history and fundamentals of Divorce Day in Canada.
Episode 63 Tips, Tricks & Common Disputes from Ontario Family Lawyers, Russell Alexander, Daniela Di Rezze, and Rick Peticca. Ontario collaborative family lawyers share their insights on the nuances of navigating family law matters during the holiday season. They cover the following topics: Seasonality and Family Law The Current Separation Agreement or Court Order Last […]
Episode 62 Domestic violence often intersects with family law, and it can present in many different forms. Ontario family lawyers, Russell Alexander, Michelle Mulchan, social service worker, Nicole Harrison, and social worker, Kelly Lourenco, share their insights on navigating family law matters when there is abuse involved. The panelists discuss the following topics: What is […]
Episode 61 Russell Alexander, Carrie Heinzl, and Jarret Johnston share their insights on advanced topics in collaborative divorce. Basics Team Remote Future Documents Reports Runaway Train Saving the Golden Goose Impasse Family Law Now LIVE is a live virtual event series hosted by Russell Alexander and featured guests. They present on various topics surrounding family […]
Episode 60 Russell Alexander, Carrie Heinzl & Brian Galbraith, discuss the following topics: What the heck is Collaborative Practice? Collaborative Practice Training The CP Participation Agreement The “Roadmap” to success Neutrals The Power of a full team Your first meeting Impasse Reaching a settlement Debriefing Family Law Now LIVE is a live virtual event series […]
Episode 59 Russell Alexander, Golan Yaron and Jonathan Paynter discuss the following topics: What is a Voice of the Child report (VOC) – legislation, purpose When: before or during court, anytime Who prepares the VOC report – qualifications & training Private vs OCL, Judicial interviews The How – Where are interviews conducted – How many […]
Episode 58 Russell Alexander, Carolyn Warner, and Margie Primero-Pimentel discuss mediation and family dispute resolution. What is mediation? What types of mediation are there? Why choose mediation? Does mediation work if there is a history of domestic violence? What cases are appropriate for mediation? How do you pick a mediator? What happens at mediation? Is […]
Episode 57 Margie Primero-Pimentel, Brittany Whalen, and Nafisa Nazarali share what they have learned so far in establishing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee in the workplace. Agenda Defining terminology Importance of each aspect Challenges Workplace Promotion Mandate Questionnaire Allies and leaders Funding Support Benefits This program has been accredited by the Law Society of […]
Episode 56 Bill Rogers, Jason Isenberg, and Susanna Crichlow share their insights on the subject of navigating children returning back to school as divorced or separated parents by sharing tips, tricks, and common disputes. 1. No agreement on enrolment and what to do? 2. Notice and self-help 3. Urgent motions 4. Voice of the Child […]
Episode 55 Russell Alexander, Margie Primero-Pimentel & Cindy Vergara share their insights on parenting and self-help in divorce and family law. The Basics: What is self-help? Divorce & Separation Parenting Time Language Self-help The Lexicon of “Self-help” Status Quo The Good Status quo – could be good for your situation Best interests of the child – […]
Episode 54 Russell Alexander, Bill Rogers, and Rick Peticca will be discuss matters of property division in divorce and family law. 1. The basics a. How is property defined? b. What is financial disclosure? c. What documents should you gather? d. What is a financial statement? 2. Calculating & sharing family property a. Date of […]
Episode 53 Russell Alexander, Rick Peticca, and Jason Isenberg discuss the return to in person family court hearings. In this episode, the panelists will cover the following topics: The “Zoom” Divorce Hearing Presumption guidelines and their implications Types of virtual hearings What hearings are in-person and which ones are not Judicial Regions and Different Approaches […]
Episode 52 Russell Alexander hosts business valuation experts, Melanie Russell and Jason Kwiatkowski, to offer their expertise with tips and best practices as it applies to divorce & family law. In this episode, the panelists will cover the following topics: What is a business valuation? When would a valuation be required? Types of valuations and […]
Episode 51 This episode is an extension of Family Law Now | Ep. 49: Common Law Separations, where the panelists take a deeper dive into common law separations. In this podcast, Russell Alexander, and our associate family lawyers, Bill Rogers and Adam Borer cover the following topics: The Definition of Spouse Spousal Support Revisited Property […]
Episode 50 Over 1,000 Ontario Family Lawyers signed a petition for remote court hearings to increase access to justice. The steering committee created the petition and hosted a virtual press conference to educate the public, and the decision-makers of the Ontario court system. The panel includes Russell Alexander and Nafisa Nazarali of Russell Alexander Collaborative […]
Episode 49 Introduction to Common Law Separations hosted by Russell Alexander, Bill Rogers, Adam Borer, and Stephanie Brooks. Agenda The Arrival of the Toothbrush Definition of Spouse The Main Similarities to Marriage How Common Law Couples are Different than Married Couples Child Support Spousal Support Property Joint Family Venture Parenting Rights & Responsibilities When Common Law […]
Episode 48 Russell Alexander and Michelle Mulchan discuss the unique nuances of divorce during a pandemic including the following topics: What’s New in Family Court What Hasn’t Changed DIY Divorce Top 4 Cases You Should Know About What to Expect Going Forward Q&A Family Law Now LIVE is a live virtual event series hosted by […]
Date recorded: May 28th, 2021 Episode 47 Family law firm owners recap and reflect on their decisions over the past fourteen months surrounding physical office locations, working remote, onboarding new team members, team building and more. Russell Alexander, Brian Galbraith, Rich Harris, and Brian Walters discuss how they are managing differently today vs. pre-pandemic, what is […]
Episode 46 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. Part […]
Episode 45 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. Part […]
Episode 44 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes implemented. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. […]
Episode 43 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes implemented. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. […]
Episode 42 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes implemented. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. […]
Episode 41 Changes to the Divorce Act were implemented on March 1, 2021. We’ve broken down the federal legislation into a six part series due to the quantity of important changes. We hope to provide helpful dialogue for parties involved in family law matters and professionals in the family justice system to understand the changes. […]
Episode Info Should the court allow an Ontario-based mother to remain with her three teenaged children in another province – in breach of her custody agreement with the father – mainly to give them a respite from the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic? Russell Alexander is joined by family lawyers Lori Dubin, Brittany Whalen, and […]
Family Law Now | Ep. 39: Deadbeat Dad Jailed for 4.5 Years for Failing to Pay Nearly $250K in Child Support
Episode Info In a recent controversial Nova Scotia decision, a father who failed to abide by a court order requiring him to pay nearly $247,000 in unpaid child support was sentenced to 4.5 years’ incarceration for contempt of court. Russell Alexander and three of the experienced family lawyers on his team, Margie Primero-Pimentel, Brittany Whalen, and Rick […]
Episode Info Routine traditions, celebrations, and gatherings that typically occur each the holiday season will undoubtedly be changed for our first Covid Christmas. Children of separated parents benefit from parental communication and support during the unprecedented time. In this episode, Russell Alexander and guest speakers share insight into the pitfalls, best practices, and tips & tricks […]
Episode Info The Academy Theatre is a local historic venue in the community of Lindsay, Ontario where the Strumbellas have taken the stage, and award-winning musician James Barker was raised. The covid-19 pandemic has forced the venue to close their doors putting a strain on the entire community. Russell Alexander sits down with Chairman […]
Episode Info Netflix’s “Marriage Story” is deconstructed by real life family lawyers and professionals. The film’s roles include divorce lawyers with extreme varying styles and approaches. The main characters are separating spouses played by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson. They contemplate the decision of residing in Los Angeles or New York with their child. Russell Alexander […]
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, […]
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 🎙
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by Brian Galbraith to share the beneficial financial approach to your transition.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
On this episode, Russell Alexander is joined by children’s lawyer, Jarret Johnston to discuss aspects of the collaborative process that might surprise you.
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.
On this episode, children’s lawyer, Jarret Johnston defines his role, explains the legal process, and clarifies common misconceptions.
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.
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!
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 […]