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Family Law

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Family law issues are often complex, emotional and contentious, and may involve not just the interests of the parties, but of their children, extended family members, family businesses and financial assets.

When these issues arise, the Family Law Group at Torkin Manes LLP has the skills, experience and sensitivity to protect your interests, advocate your position and achieve a lasting resolution. 

The Family Law Group at Torkin Manes is one of the largest and most respected in Canada. We have handled some of the country’s most challenging family law cases and have set enduring family law precedents. With expertise in both preventative and reactive family law, our lawyers effectively negotiate cohabitation agreements, marriage contracts and separation agreements dealing with property, support, custody and access. In addition, our lawyers are both trained litigators and leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Three of our senior lawyers are certified as Specialists in Family Law by The Law Society of Upper Canada and as mediators and arbitrators by the ADR Institute of Ontario. They are recognized in Lexpert’s peer review as Consistently Recommended. Our lawyers have taught Family Law for the Bar Admission Courses, served as members of the Executive Committee for the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations - Family Law Sections, and have written leading publications on a wide range of family law issues. We edit and publish Money and Family Law, a monthly report on the impact of family property law on business and personal financial planning. One of our lawyers is a contributing editor of Advising the Family-Owned Business, which includes chapters on family law matters.

As part of a full-service firm, we are uniquely poised  to coordinate our clients’ legal needs should they go beyond Family Law. With our Business Law, Tax, Real Estate and Wills,Trusts & Estates Groups, we are able to provide timely, seamless, and cost-effective service to families as they plan their futures. Our clients come from various cultural and economic backgrounds, and include Ontario residents, residents of other Canadian provinces, and international clients with interests in Ontario. We ensure that they fully understand the legal and strategic implications of their available options, so that they get the best possible resolution and maximum protection.

The Family Law Group at Torkin Manes provides advice and representation related to:

  • Domestic Contracts, including Cohabitation Agreements, Marriage Contracts and Separation Agreements
  • Litigation, including appeals
  • Mediation and arbitration
  • Same-Sex Issues
  • Spousal Support
  • Child support
  • Custody and access
  • Mobility rights
  • Grandparents’ access rights
  • Property division
  • Annulment
  • Child protection
  • Step-Parent Adoption

Publications & Presentations

Article

New legislative changes to federal support enforcement laws

Lawyer's Daily Through their enforcement efforts, federal, provincial and territorial governments disburse about $2 billion annually to Canadian families to satisfy ...
Sep 18, 2019
Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Bill C-78 – The Long-awaited Overhaul of the Federal Divorce Act

Torkin Manes LegalPoint Overview Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and ...
Sep 6, 2019
Article

Why you should plan for a breakup before your marriage breaks down

Special to the National Post Planning for the breakdown of a marriage while the relationship is intact can be difficult and emotionally charged. However, the failure to plan for t...
Aug 27, 2019
Article

What is ‘table’ child support and why is it so hard to get it reduced?

Special to the National Post Separated spouses who pay child support are often surprised by the short shrift family lawyers give them when they ask why there is such strict adhere...
Aug 14, 2019

News & Media

Firm News

Torkin Manes shortlisted by Chambers Canada for the 2019 Regional Law Firm of the Year Award

Chambers Canada Torkin Manes is honoured to be shortlisted by Chambers & Partners in the category of Regional Law Firm of the Year for the 2019 Chambers Canada Aw...
Sep 18, 2019

Torkin Manes named Regional Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 Chambers Canada Awards

Chambers and Partners Torkin Manes is proud to announce that our firm has been recognized as the Regional Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners at the 201...
Sep 17, 2019
In the News

Adam Black quoted in Canadian Lawyer on a recent case that says consent can be withdrawn for use of frozen embryo

Canadian Lawyer A divorced woman will not have the right to keep an embryo that she and her then husband contracted to have frozen and preserved, because her former s...
Sep 11, 2019
Firm News

Torkin Manes lawyers featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2020

The Best Lawyers in Canada We are pleased to announce that 24 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of T...
Aug 21, 2019

Events

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group to participate as faculty at The Advocates’ Society program on ADR Skills for Family Lawyers

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group will participate as faculty in the interactive new program designed for family lawyers that...
May 3, 2019: 00:00

3rd Annual FDRIO Conference

Lorne Wolfson will be speaking at the upcoming third annual FDRIO Conference. The conference is taking place on November 20th and 21st. The conf...
Nov 20, 2017 - Nov 21, 2017

Open Border - Hidden Risks

Canada and the United States share one of the most unobstructed borders in the world. Many companies and families are active on both sides of the 49th...
Nov 17, 2016: 09:00 - 11:00

10th Annual Family Law Summit

Daniel Melamed will be chairing the 10th Annual Family Law Summit presented by the Law Society in April 2016.
Apr 11, 2016: 09:00 - Apr 12, 2016: 16:00

Videos

These relationship red flags are pretty accurate signs you're headed for a breakup

It’s rare that a relationship breakdown comes as a complete surprise. In fact, in hindsight, most spouses have a Spidey sense about their pending brea...
Jul 11, 2019

Laurie Pawlitza on the biggest mistakes couples make when they separate

Laurie Pawlitza of our Family Law Group breaks down the biggest mistakes people make when separating. Hint: there’s little be gained by being vindicti...
Jul 4, 2019

Laurie Pawlitza on the top five things you need to know about marriage contracts

As you might imagine, a marriage contract — an agreement that says what will happen in the event that you separate — is rarely seen as a romantic gest...
Jun 25, 2019