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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

If you win the lottery, your ex might hit the jackpot, too

Special to the National Post For many family law lawyers, a cocktail party can become a hotbed for questions rooted in “what if” and “I’m asking for a frie...
Jul 4, 2019
Article

Father finds out the hard way that bad faith can cost you big time in court

Special to the National Post In this case, bad faith resulted in a father not only losing custody of his daughter, but having to pay the mother $420,000.
Jun 4, 2019
Article

Family law arbitration has advantages, but it's no guarantee you'll stay out of court

Special to the National Post Many see arbitration as a faster, more efficient way to resolve disputes, but there is reason to be cautious.
Jun 3, 2019
Article

If you rack up debt after separation, don't expect your former spouse to pay for it

Special to the National Post Sharing the assets and liabilities a couple acquired during a marriage is a standard part of any separation. But in some jurisdictions in Canada, chan...
May 8, 2019

News & Media

In the News

Adam Black speaks to the Law Times about the challenges self-represented litigants face

Law Times Self-represented litigants are typically able to expect some flexibility from the judicial process, but there are risks when they try to manage a case...
Jun 20, 2019
In the News

Adam Black speaks to the Law Times about a recent case that reiterates the importance of confidentiality

Law Times A recent case confirms the importance of confidentiality in settlements, including those achieved in mediation, whether or not the mediation contract ...
Jun 18, 2019
Firm News

Congratulations to our lawyers recognized in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Direc...
Apr 24, 2019
Firm News

Daniel Melamed participates in roundtable discussion with Attorney General David Lametti

On March 26, 2019 Daniel Melamed  of our Family Law Group participated in a roundtable discussion with Attorney General David Lametti to discuss ...
Apr 17, 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