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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

Indefinite needs mean indefinite support for disabled adult child, court finds

Special to the National Post Ruling will have significant impact on the future determination of child support and beyond.
Sep 19, 2018
Article

Battle over embryo highlights family law's new fertility frontier

Special to the National Post As part of a divorce, the parties disputed what should happen with the remaining embryo. The wife wanted to use it; the husband objected.
Sep 5, 2018
Article

If you want to keep wealth in the family, be careful how you bequeath it

Special to the National Post Adam Black's latest column in the National Post discusses how the transfer of wealth to an heir must be exercised with caution.
Aug 23, 2018
Article

When a ‘final agreement’ in family law isn’t final at all

Special to the National Post Family law disputes are often lengthy and emotionally wrought, making the individuals involved eager to get them over with. Usually, that comes in the...
Jul 24, 2018

News & Media

Firm News

Lorne Wolfson to moderate panel at the Family Dispute Resolution of Ontario's 2018 Conference

Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario’s (FDRIO) Annual Conference Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario’s conference will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 in Toronto.
Sep 7, 2018
Firm News

Torkin Manes Family Law Group secures top ranking in the 2019 edition of Chambers & Partners High Net Worth

Chambers & Partners High Net Worth Torkin Manes is pleased to be ranked Band 1 by Chambers High Net Worth 2018 in the area of Family/Matrimonial Law in Canada.
Aug 22, 2018
In the News

Canadian Lawyer speaks to Laurie Pawlitza on the impact of Bill C-78 on Canada’s Divorce Act

Canadian Lawyer Laurie Pawlitza, a partner in the family law group at Toronto firm Torkin Manes LLP, characterizes C-78 as a successful catch-up effort by the federal...
Aug 15, 2018
In the News

Why high-income Canadians paying spousal support shouldn’t expect any relief — Laurie Pawlitza provides an overview in the National Post

National Post As this recent case shows, the application of Canada's Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines will no doubt continue to leave high-income payors disheart...
Aug 10, 2018

Events

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

Incentivizing Employees – Choosing the Right “Option”

Our speakers will discuss the various forms of deferred employee compensation, including stock options, phantom shares, share appreciation rights plan...
Nov 17, 2015