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New Article Published on CanLII Connects: SECOND Emergency Child Access Case Decision from the SCJ

In Smith v Sieger, an urgent motion was brought for relief that (if granted) would provide the immediate return of the parties child from the United States who was enrolled in an education program in Utah. The parties shared joint custody of the child and the urgent matter was brought to the court in light of the closure of the US/Canada border and Prime Minister Trudeau’s call for Canadians to return home.

The applicant states that the parties came to an arrangement recently that the child was to return to Canada subject to the applicant assuming sole decision making on … more »

Russell Alexander Launches COVID-19 Information Centre

The coronavirus pandemic has raised a lot of questions for Canadian families, especially those who may be dealing with legal issues around separation, divorce, and custody. To answer these questions, the Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers has created the COVID-19 and Divorce Information Centre on its website.

On the site, you can get answers to questions about how to work remotely with your attorneys, how the pandemic may affect court dates and even how to avoid sparking a divorce during the stress of quarantine.

“The coronavirus is having massive effects on every part of society right now, and family law … more »

Now Hiring: Associate Lawyer

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers work exclusively on divorce law and family related matters including custody, access, child support, spousal support, and division of property. Our lawyers, law clerks and staff members employ a team-oriented approach to serving our clients. We promote a work life balance by focusing on our families and giving back to our communities. We have multiple offices in Toronto, Markham, Whitby, Oshawa, Lindsay and Peterborough.

We are seeking an Experienced Family Lawyer to join our team in a full-time position. Minimum 7 years family law experience required. We provide the opportunity to work remotely up to … more »

Coming in Early 2020: Ontario Family Lawyer’s Latest Book Answers Your Questions on Divorce

Seasoned attorney Russell Alexander shares what he’s often asked at his practice

LINDSAY, ONTARIO—In his second book, noted Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander has taken aim at the questions he faces most frequently by clients considering a divorce.

In “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce,” which hits shelves in early 2020, the Ontario divorce attorney gives a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about divorce, from the basics of choosing a law firm to alternatives of going to court, to the legal process itself.

“Divorce law can be complicated and confusing,” said Alexander. “It’s especially hard … more »

Congratulations to the Russell Alexander Law Firm Scholarship Winner

BROOKLIN, ON, August 27, 2019 — Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers, a family law firm committed to providing customized family law solutions, is excited to announce their scholarship recipient for the 2019/2020 academic year.  The recipient was selected based on a written essay, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, and community service.

After carefully reviewing all submissions, the Russell Alexander Law Firm Scholarship Fund was awarded to Lauren Kay of Mississauga, Ontario, as pictured above. She will receive $2,000 towards her post-secondary education. Lauren will be attending McMaster University this fall where she will be studying Humanities, Philosophy, and Law.

Lauren has … more »

The Week Ahead – July 16, 2019

This Week We Will Review


Today: Dad Wrests Custody After Mom Alienates Kids From Him


Wednesday’s Video Clip: 10 Tips About Collaborative Practice Agreements

Thursday: Dad’s Poverty Claim Foiled by Instagram Posts

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Welcome to the team, Carolyn!

Carolyn Warner is an associate lawyer at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Law Lawyers. She has practiced family law exclusively for over eight years since her call to the bar in 2011. She is committed to providing her clients with empathy and sound advice and prides herself on approaching all cases with an analytical and tenacious mind-set.

Carolyn graduated from York University in the top 5% of her graduating class, having earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Law & Society and Sociology. She attended the University of Windsor Law School where she earned an award for outstanding ability in

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Top Blogs & Websites to Follow in 2019

Feedspot recognizes FamilyLLB in their lists for Top 100 Divorce Blogs and Websites To Follow in 2019, Top 80 Family Law Blogs & Websites For Solving Family Disputes in 2019, and Top 100 Canada Law Blogs & Websites for Canadian Lawyers using search and social metrics.




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Russell Alexander in Law Times




The situation is further complicated by the self-represented litigant not knowing what they don’t know, says Russell Alexander, principle of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers based in the Whitby area.

They might be able to share in an asset, like a pension or an investment. But if they don’t know that they have a right to that, the issue may not be raised and the opportunity is forfeited, he says.

“The basic tenet of any agreement in Ontario is you want proper disclosure so you can make an informed decision as to the compromises you make,” he … more »

The Week Ahead – June 17th

This week we will review:



Tick, Tock: What’s the Legal Deadline for Trying to Set Aside a Separation Agreement?




Court Says: Being Abusive to Your Child’s Other Parent = Bad Parenting




Wednesday’s Video Clip: Benefits of Collaborative Practice… more »