Understanding Parental Alienation in Ontario
Gelman & Associates Family Law Blog
by Lisa Gelman
2d ago
In Ontario, parental alienation is recognized as a serious concern that can negatively impact the parent-child relationship as well as the wellbeing of the child.  Alienating actions may be subject to legal consequences in Ontario, whether they have occurred deliberately or unintentionally in family law proceedings. Speaking to a family lawyer can help clarify what your rights are as a parent. Contact our family law lawyers at Gelman & Associates today to learn more about how parental alienation may be affecting your family. What is Parental Alienation? Parental alienation refers to a ..read more
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Financial Abuse in Separation and Divorce
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by Lisa Gelman
2w ago
Financial abuse is a serious matter and is recognized in Ontario as a form of family violence. Because it is not talked about as often as other forms of abuse, it can be hard to determine whether you have experienced it. Financial abuse may affect relationships between grandparents, parents, children, or romantic partners. It’s a form of abuse that encompasses a range of behaviours aimed at exerting control over financial resources, assets and decision making processes which subsequently hinders the equitable division of property and support obligations. What is Financial Abuse? Financial abus ..read more
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Collaborative Divorce: A More Peaceful Approach to Ending Your Marriage
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by Lisa Gelman
3w ago
The Collaborative Divorce Process Collaborative divorce refers to the process of spouses working together to settle the terms of their divorce outside of court. Collaborative divorce is voluntary and normally means that negotiations remain amicable and address the interests of both parties through joint agreements. The Collaborative Team A collaborative team is assembled upon the decision by a couple to proceed with a collaborative divorce. This team will help the couple to negotiate the terms of their separation cooperatively so that desirable outcomes for both parties can be reached. A colla ..read more
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The Role of Mental Health Professionals in Family Law Cases
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by Lisa Gelman
1M ago
Not only can the stress of settling a divorce, separation, or parenting time negatively affect mental health, but pre-existing mental health conditions can play a critical role in family law cases. At Gelman & Associates, our lawyers can assist with family law cases and additional challenges introduced by mental health concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Mental Health in Canada Mental health can refer to one’s general mental well-being or a specific mental illness. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association: 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a ..read more
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Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in the Event of a Separation or Divorce?
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by Samah Rahman
1M ago
There is a common misconception among separating parties that, when their children are “old enough,” they will be able to decide which parent to live with. Well – this is not exactly how it works. In short: a child’s views and preferences are one of several factors the courts will consider and weigh in determining the parenting arrangement. In both s. 24(3) of the Children’s Law Reform Act, the legislation governing unmarried parties, and s. 16(3) of the Divorce Act, the legislation governing married parties, the legal test for where the child will reside is: what is in the best interest of th ..read more
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An Overview of the FRO
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by Jeffrey Mammon
1M ago
By Jeffrey Mammon, B.A. J.D., Family Law Lawyer What is the FRO? The Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act is the Statutory Authority that provides the FRO the legislative powers to enforce child and spousal support Court Orders and Separation Agreements that include child and /or spousal support provisions. The FRO ensures that the support obligations made within Court Orders or Separation Agreements are paid and up to date.  When a Support Court Order is made in Court there is an automatic Support Deduction Order made by the Judge that authorizes the FRO to enforce a ..read more
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Tips on How to Minimize Conflict During a Separation or Divorce for High-Conflict Divorces
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by Elizabeth Jacob
2M ago
Summary Every case requires a unique and personalized approach to minimizing conflict during a separation or divorce. Some matters have a conflict that derives from differing parenting styles, whereas other cases have issues such as suspected alienation that may be the driving force of the conflict. Each issue has a unique solution that should be explored, depending on the counsel’s recommendation and the parties’ consent. The first step to minimizing conflict is recognizing the specific conflict and catering a unique approach to address the individualized conflict. Conflict that derives from ..read more
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Mental Health and Family Law
Gelman & Associates Family Law Blog
by Kat Kumka
2M ago
Discussions surrounding mental health have become increasingly common and while this has helped to reduce stigma, it has not gone away completely. However, it is an important topic for many people involved in a family law matter. You might have questions such as, what role does mental health play in family law matters? Will your ex-spouse’s struggles or your struggles with mental health and/or mental health diagnosis will be relevant to the issues of parenting-time and decision-making responsibility? Are you worried that you will be at a disadvantage due to mental health struggles? Does mental ..read more
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Same Sex Divorce and Separation in Ontario
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by Negin Sari
2M ago
With the passing of The Civil Marriages Act in 2005, same sex marriage was finally legalized in Canada. The laws with respect to same-sex (married) couples who are in the process of a separation and/or divorce are identical to heterosexual married couples as long as the parties reside primarily in Canada. For more information on same-sex separation and divorce for non-residents who were married in Canada, please see the following link: lisagelman.com/service/same-sex-divorce/ Divorce Same-sex couples may obtain a divorce in Canada pursuant to the Divorce Act, provided they habitually reside in ..read more
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Finding a Spouse’s Hidden Assets in a Divorce
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by Lisa Gelman
2M ago
Undergoing a separation or divorce can impact all areas of your life. From your mental health to your family’s day-to-day activities, the process has the potential to cause a lot of stress. Emotions can get in the way, sometimes making these proceedings more difficult than one may have initially anticipated. Unfortunately, in some instances, spouses may put their personal interests first and may not fully disclose all their assets and liabilities. If you suspect that your spouse might be hiding assets, it may be useful to familiarize yourself with what indicators to look for, and what steps to ..read more
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