Tag Archives: York Family Lawyer

Barrie Divorce Lawyer Explains Parental Alienation

WHAT IS PARENTAL ALIENATION AND WHY IS IT SO BAD? There is an old African proverb that states “when two elephants fight it is the grass under their feet that suffers”. Similarly, when parents fight over custody and access of their children after a separation it is the children that suffer. In many cases the parents … Continue Reading

Divorce Depression and Grief

I just read an amazing blog by "The Jolly Mama". It is an amazingly honest description of the emotional struggles of separation and divorce from someone going through it. The title of her blog entry is "Kubler-Ross and My Life Lately" and here is a quote from it. What does any of this have to … Continue Reading

Divorce Gift Certificates??

Daniel Clement pointed out in his blog that a UK law firm is actually selling gift certificates for a consultation with a divorce lawyer. What do you think of that? … the gift of divorce!!  Here are the top ten uses I have come up with so far, just for laughs, with suggestions on what to … Continue Reading

Tiger Woods: Why Did You Do It?

Tiger Woods has become the focus of much ridicule recently as a result of his admission to having had extra-marital relations.  One publication suggests Tiger had 14 mistresses over the course of his short marriage. Wow! That’s a lot! Some have focused on Tiger being caught as a result of his use of text messages. This … Continue Reading

Tearful Good-byes

I shed a tear and held back a million of them. Have you ever had a moment like that? Maybe it was when you dropped off your son or daughter to daycare for the first time… or said good-bye on the first day of school, trying your best to show a brave face… or the … Continue Reading

Why I Practice Family Law

Have you ever had someone need your help and you were able to help them? Maybe it was something big like saving someone’s life… or maybe it was something small like helping someone lift their heavy bag into the overhead bin. Maybe a friend didn’t know how to get their little one to sleep at … Continue Reading

Gay Marriage and Gay Divorce

Gays in many of the states in the U.S. cannot get married unlike gay couples in Canada. In Canada, gays have all the same rights as heterosexual couples when it comes to marriage and divorce. The law in Canada was changed in 2005. The law varies from state to state. Marriage licenses are issued in … Continue Reading

Is Your Divorce Driving You Crazy?

Are you going through a divorce? Do you sometimes feeling like you are losing your mind? Maybe you can’t concentrate or you are constantly feeling like you are about to cry? Maybe you are drinking too much? Or working too hard? Or shopping too much? Maybe you have been willing to try anything to cope and … Continue Reading

Scheduling Events When Divorced

Have you been unaware of an upcoming school event (like the Christmas concert) or an extracurricular event because your spouse forgot to tell you? Isn’t it frustrating? And disappointing? It’s also embarrassing when you drop the ball and forget to pass on important information. Scheduling events, holidays and other activities for children can be difficult for any family, … Continue Reading

Deciding Whether to Vaccinate for H1N1

We are experiencing a pandemic of H1N1 influenza worldwide. As a result, governments around the world are asking everyone to become vaccinated. Kysa Crusco of New Hampshire has recently done an excellent blog about this issue from an American perspective. Parents everywhere are wondering  "should I vaccinate my child?"  My own opinion is that the … Continue Reading

Ten Reasons a Pre-Nuptial Agreement May Be Unenforceable

Dick Price, in his recent blog, lists ten reasons why a pre-nuptial agreement might not be enforceable. He quotes Stephen Worrall from his blog. An "unenforceable" agreement means it’s not worth the paper it’s written on! The courts will not enforce the terms of the agreement. You should use the agreement to start a fire … Continue Reading

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

I just returned from an amazing conference of the IACP held in Minneapolis. It was a fantastic learning opportunity and chance to meet some of the best collaborative practitioners from around the world. I believe there were about 550 people in attendance, 48 of whom were from outside of North America. The outgoing president is Canadian Nancy … Continue Reading

Interview with Nancy Newton of Rainbows

Nancy Newton is the Executive Director of Rainbows. It is described on their website as "an international not-for-profit organization that fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis. These losses, among others, include separation, divorce, death, incarceration and foster care." I believe Rainbows really helps kids deal with the emotional journey … Continue Reading

Why Dads Suffer in Court

Susan Piggs recently had an excellent article in the Toronto Star entitled "Divorced Dads Can’t Catch a Break" . She outlines the many grievances of fathers who feel mistreated by the Ontario Court system. It’s sad to read the stories of so many aggrieved fathers. Many of these fathers believe that judges are intentionally against … Continue Reading

Supervised Access is an Option

Supervised access means that  access to the children can only occur in the presence of someone else. The purpose is to ensure that the children will be safe. There are supervised access centers run by the government that will provide supervised access at their facilities in some cities including Barrie. Often the supervisor is a … Continue Reading

Suing for Pain and Suffering in a Separation

Damages for pain and suffering were awarded in  a recent case called McLean v. Danicic and McDermott. Yes "pain and suffering". She was awarded $15,000.00. Do you know any divorce or separation that did not involve a lot of pain and suffering? Does that mean everyone will be able to sue for damages? The simple … Continue Reading

Interview with Financial Specialist Jackie Ramler

Jackie Ramler is a financial specialist. She helps clients who are going through a separation or divorce resolve the financial issues. We have used her many times and find she does excellent work, saving our clients thousands of dollars in fees and helping them attain a resolution in a timely manner. She is the owner … Continue Reading

Resolving Your Divorce Sitting Next To Each Other?

The Toronto Star did a great article about clients wanting to cut the costs of divorce by staying out of court. I especially like the introduction: “Alex Crookes knew he was in for a divorce with a difference the minute he walked into a lawyer’s office with his ex-wife, Lynne Maclennan. The couple instinctively sat … Continue Reading

Victim of Assault Pays Spousal Support

"Doctor Must Support Abusive Husband" is the headline in the Globe and Mail newspaper, on September 23, 2009. I am sure many people were outraged at the judge who made this decision. In reality, I would be outraged if I was the female doctor whose husband was convicted of assaulting me and now I  had to pay him … Continue Reading

Spousal Support and Fault: Is There a Connection?

In the Ottawa Divorce Blog, the author is critical of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Leskun v. Leskun suggesting the Court is allowing "fault" to creep back into whether someone should get spousal support. In that case, the wife claimed she was still unable to work 8 years after the marriage because she … Continue Reading
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