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Apr 24, 2019
In the News

Young couples living together to save on housing costs need to sign this often overlooked pact — Laurie Pawlitz speaks to the Globe & Mail on the importance of cohabitation agreements

Laurie H. Pawlitza The Globe & Mail There are many common-law couples who haven’t signed anything – and who stand to lose a lot in the event of a separation.
Nov 15, 2018
Firm News

Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza invited to speak before the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Bill C-78

Laurie H. Pawlitza and Daniel S. Melamed Daniel Melamed and Laurie Pawlitza, partners in our Family Law Group, have been chosen as two of the witnesses selected by the House of Commons' Stand...
Nov 14, 2018
Aug 22, 2018
In the News

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

Laurie H. Pawlitza 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

Attention wealthy spouses: Your family trust won't always save you when dividing assets in a separation — Laurie Pawlitza discusses this issue in her latest column in the National Post

Laurie H. Pawlitza Over the years, monied spouses who do not have the protection of a marriage contract have tried numerous strategies to evade the long arm of family la...
Jul 26, 2018
In the News

All three adult members of polyamorous family deemed child's parents by Newfoundland judge — Laurie Pawlitza reviews the landmark decision in the National Post

Laurie H. Pawlitza In the first decision of its kind in Canada, all three adult members of a polyamorous family have been recognized as parents of a child. Two months ag...
Jun 21, 2018
In the News

Why Ottawa's changes to the Divorce Act don't go far enough — Laurie Pawlitza discusses the changes in the National Post

Laurie H. Pawlitza Last week, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould introduced a bill to amend the Divorce Act and other pieces of federal family law legislation in t...
Jun 21, 2018

When does a separated spouse have to pay rent to an ex?

Laurie H. Pawlitza In her latest column in the National Post, Laurie Pawlitza provides an overview of the lesson learned from a recent case: conduct matters.
May 16, 2018

In family court, there's no hiding the Ferrari — Laurie Pawlitza discusses family support obligations in her latest column in the National Post

Laurie H. Pawlitza If you claim you’re so poor you can’t afford a penny of child support, best not to be driving a red Ferrari convertible. In addition to two Mercedes-B...
Nov 29, 2017

Laurie Pawlitza discusses how the courts handle broken engagements in her latest column in the Financial Post

Laurie H. Pawlitza Family lawyers regularly deal with tricky issues relating to separation and divorce, marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements. But when a couple...
Jul 12, 2017

Congratulations to our 2016 Lexpert Ranked Lawyers

Allan S. Bronstein, Craig Vander Zee, Daniel S. Melamed, Gregory D. Hersen, Jeffrey I. Cohen, Kenneth Beallor, Laurie H. Pawlitza, Linda J. Godel, Lisa R. Lifshitz, Lorne H. Wolfson, Robert M. Halpern and Sidney H. Troister, LSM Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Jun 21, 2016
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Aug 25, 2014

Torkin Manes Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014

Craig Vander Zee, Daniel S. Melamed, Laurie H. Pawlitza, Leonard D. Rodness, Loretta P. Merritt, Lorne H. Wolfson, Robert M. Halpern, Ronald D. Manes, Sidney H. Troister, LSM and Valerie A. Edwards Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that the following lawyers have been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada, 2014: Valerie Edwards: Alternative Dis...
Jan 6, 2014
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