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Child Protection: Children's Aid Society Matters

Child Protection: Children’s Aid Society Matters

In Ontario, child protection law is governed by the Child, Youth and Family Service Act, 2017 (CFSA). Child protection proceedings are commenced by child protection agencies whenever there are real… more »
Family Mediation and ADR

Family Mediation and ADR

Family Mediation and ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes mediation, negotiation and arbitration. In family law, these “alternatives” to court litigation are an effective way of achieving a resolution that… more »
Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Practice

Collaborative Family Law is an alternative to the adversarial nature of the court process. It requires both parties to enter into the process voluntarily. They commit to resolving their issues… more »
Cohabitation Agreements

Cohabitation Agreements

A cohabitation agreement is a type of domestic contract between two unmarried people who are cohabiting or who intend to cohabit. It is a useful tool for setting out the… more »
Family Responsibility Office (FRO) & Default Hearings

Family Responsibility Office (FRO) & Default Hearings

An order for spousal and/or child support made in Ontario is enforced through the Family Responsibility Office (FRO), unless the parties opt out of this process.  If your circumstances have… more »
Enforcement of Court Orders

Enforcement of Court Orders

Obtaining an order that is legally enforceable can be done in various ways. For example, you may start an application in the court to obtain an order for custody, access,… more »
Ontario Child Support

Ontario Child Support

Under Ontario family law, a child has the right to financial support from both parents, regardless of the nature of the parents’ relationship. If you are no longer in a… more »
Ontario Spousal Support

Ontario Spousal Support

Ontario law regards the spousal relationship as an economic partnership. Therefore, in some cases, the spouse earning a higher income may have to pay spousal support to the other spouse… more »
Real Estate, Wills & Power of Attorney

Real Estate, Wills & Power of Attorney

At Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, we practice exclusively in family law. Therefore, our clients come to us when there has been a breakdown in their relationship or conversely, where spouses… more »
Family Property Division and Sharing

Family Property Division and Sharing

Among the legal rights of individuals seeking a divorce is the right to an equal share of the family’s property. In family law, this is referred to as an “equalization”… more »
Adoptions

Adoptions

Family Law presents us with a unique opportunity to use our skills to assist families in re-structuring, and rebuilding their lives in the midst of chaos, but no other subset… more »
Grandparent Access

Grandparent Access

A relationship between a grandparent and child, like all relationships between a child and extended family, can add to the emotional well-being of a child.  A child can undoubtedly derive… more »
Ontario Child Custody and Access

Ontario Child Custody and Access

When parents are going through a separation or divorce, some of the most difficult decisions that need to be made are those concerning the children. Who will the children live… more »
Ontario Separation Agreements

Ontario Separation Agreements

If you and your spouse are thinking about separation, or have already ended your relationship, you may consider entering into a separation agreement with one another. Separation agreements allow couples… more »
Ontario Divorce

Ontario Divorce

Married couples seeking a divorce in Ontario are subject to the federal Divorce Act, which states that a court may grant a divorce to parties where there has been a… more »
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“Changing Johnny’s School” – Part Two 

“Changing Johnny’s School” – Part Two  We recently wrote about a recent ruling by Ontario Court Justice Pazaratz,  in which he lamented that each September brings with it a spike in last-minute, urgent Family Law motions bro... more »

Wednesday’s Video: Is Attending School In-Person vs Online a Medical or Education Decision?

Wednesday’s Video: Is Attending School In-Person vs Online a Medical or Education Decision? Is the decision to attend school online “medical” or “educational”? Often times when separated parents cannot agree on what is b... more »