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Discover Deborah Alton: Marriage & Family Therapist

We all know about lawyers being involved in the divorce process, but what about other professionals? Family professionals are often used in the collaborative practice process and may assist parties through their separation, both inside and outside of Court. Livia Jozsa, lawyer with Galbraith Family Law in Barrie sits down with Deborah Alton to ask … Continue Reading

Working with a Family Professional: Sue Cook Tell All

Interview with Sue Cook, Owner of Family Therapy and Life Coaching Group We all know about lawyers being involved in the divorce process, but what about other professionals? Family professionals are often used in the collaborative practice process and may assist parties through their separation, both inside and outside of Court. Livia Jozsa, lawyer with Galbraith … Continue Reading

How to Spot Signs of Parental Alienation in Your Family

Parental Alienation is harmful to children. The negative impact of alienation may include depression, substance abuse, low self-esteem, self-hatred, guilt, poor interpersonal relationships, distorted view of reality, and self-doubt. Most of my clients don’t realize how harmful it is to the child’s development to try to separate the child from the other parent during your … Continue Reading

My Ex is Sneaky about Finances – What Should I Do?

I’m surprised at the number of married clients who tell me they either haven’t been involved in the family finances, or they don’t know what their spouse owns.  In many of these cases, their partner was secretive, or dismissive or evasive when faced with questions about the family, the business or their own finances. Money … Continue Reading

Discussing Your Divorce: Avoiding Dangerous Advice

  There comes a time in our life when you must make decisions based on what lies ahead in your future. The decision could be to pack up and move to another country for a promotion, go back to school, get married, start a family, even file for divorce or separation. These choices are determined … Continue Reading

Limited Scope Retainers and Self-Reps

                        Are Limited Scope Retainers Right for Everyone? You may feel that you have a strong case. Feeling that you have a good case is different than proving that you have a good one. Remember you need to be realistic. I can provide you with a professional … Continue Reading

Why Do I Need a Travel Consent Letter?

I often have clients that ask, is it really necessary to get a travel consent letter? The short answer is yes. Unless you want to take the risk of having your beautifully planned trip ruined, then yes. It can be a small bothersome task to have a travel consent prepared and notarized. And, you will … Continue Reading

Non-physical Domestic (Family) Violence and Family Law

You may be wondering whether you can count on the family law court to help you if you have suffered non-physical abuse. There are different forms of non-physical abuse that can be viewed as domestic violence.  Your partner may harass or intimidate you by making threats against you to cause you to fear for your … Continue Reading

It’s back to school time!

This can be an exciting time for some kids and maybe a bit upsetting for others.  For parents that are separated, it can be an especially stressful time.  Questions come up about how much time the children should be spending with each parent or how the school holidays and PA days are going to be … Continue Reading

How Does the New Canada Child Benefit impact Spousal Support?

As most families are aware, the new Canada Child Benefit (“CCB”) effective July 1, 2016 is the replacement for the Child Canada Tax Benefit (“CCTB”) & the Universal Child Care Benefit (“UCCB”). Prior to the implementation of this new regime, we often found parties with a shared parenting arrangement negotiating the rotation of benefits and … Continue Reading

Private Child’s Lawyer for Your Divorce

The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) is a government agency that represents children in custody and access proceedings. A judge cannot order that the OCL act for a child but simply can “request” that it do so. The government agency has the discretion to, • decide whether to have a child’s lawyer appointed; • … Continue Reading

The Emotional Journey of Separation and Divorce

If you are in the process of separating, I know you have that friend. That already divorced friend – the one that is telling you it gets worse before it gets better.  The one that says it’s a process. Your friend is right.  Don’t discount what they’re saying.  There is lots of literature on the … Continue Reading

Disclosure- Why You Want to Provide IT!

In an ideal world, parties who see their relationship/marriage ending would voluntarily exchange all the relevant financial information required under the law. This would facilitate the negotiation of both support and property division and an agreement could be quickly drafted. Sadly, this is not yet the norm in family law disputes. Both the Family Law … Continue Reading

Timely Cost Effective Resolution of Family Law Matters

Do you want your family law issues resolved in a timely and cost-effective manner? Who doesn’t?  Everyone wants to get the door closed on their past and move forward with their new life. We get it. At Galbraith Family Law, we are dedicated to the resolution of family law matters in a timely and cost … Continue Reading

6-year-Old Explains Everything You Need to Know About Divorce

When a group of relationship counselors was polled to determine what the leading cause of divorce was, 74% of them agreed that the biggest predictor was differing opinions on things like money or raising children. These are issues that have to be hammered out in a divorce, so if you struggled to get along with … Continue Reading

Separation Agreements – An Investment In Yourself

It is no secret to anyone involved in the legal industry that family court is an expensive method to resolve the issues arising from separation. Frankly, it can hemorrhage a family financially.  One way to avoid huge court costs is to engage in the negotiation of a separation agreement.  This enables you to keep your … Continue Reading

Reducing Family Conflict

 “We don’t agree on much, but we want to protect the kids” Does this sound familiar?  Parental conflict in a family may be high whether you’re separating, living separate and apart under the same roof, or working through conflict as a married couple.  And it comes as no surprise to you that the emotional health and well-being of … Continue Reading

Top Five Reasons Why You Need a Will

“Oh yeah, I need to make that appointment.”  I hear this so frequently from successful people who generally have made sound financial choices.  Let’s face it – it’s difficult to conjure up a sense of urgency about a future event – death – one that we expect is half a lifetime or decades away.  Why … Continue Reading

Smart Divorce Options

Most separations and divorces are stressful and painful. You can choose to make it better or worse by the process you choose to use. The following are your choices.    Collaborative Practice Collaborative Practice is a future-focused, efficient, cost-effective, creative, problem-solving process. It is not about fighting or finding blame. With the help of professionals, … Continue Reading

Post-Secondary Education and Child Support

Does child support end when a child reach age 18 years? Our lawyer Lynn Kirwin answers this question in detail.  The courts have recognized that financial dependency does not end upon a child turning 18.  Under the Divorce act and the Family Law Act there is no upper age limit under which support automatically terminates. … Continue Reading
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