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Adam Black on why conflict doesn't always end with a court order for separating couples in his latest column in the National Post

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Parenting issues can be the most arduous and protracted component of the complex matrix of issues that must be resolved when a couple separates. For s...
Oct 23, 2019
Article

Why your seemingly perfect separation agreement may not be written in stone

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post In most cases, separated spouses resolve the issues arising from their separation by way of a written agreement between them. While it is hoped that t...
Sep 24, 2019
Article

New legislative changes to federal support enforcement laws

Justyna A. Waxman 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

Justyna A. Waxman 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

Adam N. Black 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?

Laurie H. Pawlitza 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
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Consent can’t be ‘frozen in time’ even if embryos can be, appeals court finds

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Today’s modern family is a fascinating, complex and changing construct. As the way we form and grow a family evolves, the law must recognize and...
Jul 31, 2019
Article

Joint tenants or tenants in common? Don't leave it to the courts and your heirs to sort out

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Lawyers often say that estate litigation is like “family law with dead people” because, in both disciplines, emotions tend to run high. A ...
Jul 17, 2019
Article

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

Adam N. Black 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

Family fight over farm puts question of 'undue influence' under the microscope

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Wills and contracts can be challenged in a myriad of circumstances, including if there was fraud, duress or undue influence. Recently, a Saskatchewan ...
Jun 18, 2019
Article

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

Adam N. Black 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

Laurie H. Pawlitza 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

Adam N. Black 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
Presentation

ADR Skills for Family Law Lawyers

Laurie H. Pawlitza The Advocates' Society Program, Faculty
May 3, 2019
Presentation

ADR Skills for Family Lawyers

Daniel S. Melamed The Advocates' Society Program, Faculty
May 3, 2019
Article

Your ex gets a raise after you divorce? You might be in line for tens of thousands more

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post One of the most controversial, difficult and most-litigated issues in family law across Canada is the extent to which a payer of spousal support will ...
Apr 11, 2019
Article

Discretionary trusts prove problematic when it comes to dividing assets

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post One of the most blurry property valuation issues in family law arises when a separating spouse has a discretionary interest in a family trust.
Mar 28, 2019
Article

For unmarried couples, splitting the house on separation is no sure thing

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Equalization of net family property does not apply to unmarried spouses in Ontario.
Mar 12, 2019
Article

Just because your ex failed to disclose assets, doesn't mean you get a cut

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Determining the effect of non-disclosure on a negotiated settlement can be a challenge as one case illustrates.
Mar 7, 2019
Article

Changes in property ownership can have unexpected and wide-ranging consequences in family law

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post B.C. couple spends years in court in dispute over late mother-in-law’s house.
Feb 13, 2019
Presentation

Improving the Accessibility and Efficiency of the Justice System

Daniel S. Melamed The Law Society of Ontario: The Amendments to the Divorce Act: How They Impact Your Practice
Jan 30, 2019
Article

Former Dragons’ Den star's divorce case highlights trouble with ‘expert testimony’ in family law

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Judge expressed frustration with experts who supported the positions of the party who hired them.
Jan 30, 2019
Article

The irony of representing yourself in family law litigation: It can cost you more than hiring a lawyer

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post A wife’s decision to represent herself caused the husband to incur huge legal fees over 17 years. She was ordered to pay him $150,000.
Jan 16, 2019
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What you need to know if you are considering getting a divorce in 2019

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Here are some words of advice for people looking to join the flood of calls to family lawyers early each January.
Jan 9, 2019
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