A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision could be seen to stretch the definition of spouse when it comes to spousal support and may spark more family law litigation, predicts one family lawyer.
“This is sort of a very specific issue in terms of who do we consider to be a spouse,” said Russell Alexander, the founder and senior partner with Markham, Ont.-based Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.
“The traditional model is you’re living continuously under the same roof,” he told The Lawyer’s Daily. “This particular case kind of takes it to the next level. They were dating and … more »
TORONTO — Divorced parents at odds over arrangements for their child’s safety during COVID-19 have been turning to Canadian courts to settle custody disputes, sometimes in an attempt to limit one parent’s access to a child.
In one case, a father temporarily lost physical access to his daughter after taking her shopping in April without a mask. The child has asthma, putting her at higher risk of complications from the virus, and the judge expressed worry that the father would continue to dismiss safety guidelines.
In another case, a judge prevented a child from visiting a cottage with his father … more »
Russell talks to CTV News host, Beverly Thomson to discuss his new book and the special chapter dedicated to divorce during the pandemic.
On August 6, 2020, Russell and CTV News’ Beverly Thomson connected over Zoom for an interview that touched on a range of topics dealing with divorce during the pandemic that he delves into in his new book, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce.”
Russell also discussed how the firm has seen a spike in couples seeking information about divorce, child access during the pandemic, and how couples are becoming overwhelmed by spending so … more »
Around the world, divorce rates have been on the rise since this pandemic. Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander answers some of the recent questions facing his clients in a new book chapter called Divorce During a Pandemic.
Russell Alexander, whose family law firm has offices in several cities including Toronto and Oshawa, said the province’s efforts to modernize the justice system during the pandemic will help when it comes to tackling the backlog of cases, but “it’s probably going to be 18 months to two years before it returns to anything close to normal.”
Last week Russell Alexander appeared on Global News Radio to discuss the spike in divorce cases during the pandemic and what impact the lockdown has had on the courts.
Since the courts were mandated to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many divorce cases were forced to be rescheduled which has caused a backlog within the court system. Separating couples who filed for divorce before the lockdown are now looking at a 5 to 6 month wait period before they could have an opportunity to be heard before a judge. Additionally, new cases that are being filed into the system … more »
Russell Alexander was recently featured in the popular advice column, “Ask Ellie”, which has been published in a variety of major newspapers including the Toronto Star, Times Colonist, Well and Tribune, Our Windsor and the Brampton Guardian.
Ellie Tesher is a relationship advice columnist, author, public speaker, and former TV host who provides advice and guidance to her readers nationwide. When Ellie received the question: ‘How long do I have to hold out before divorcing a man I no longer love?’, she turned to Mr. Alexander and his new book ‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce’ for the … more »
Lawyer’s new book on divorce: Family law in a pandemic
Social distancing’s push to use technology has enhanced client service, says Russell Alexander
Stuck in lockdown, how do you keep your marriage together? If that does not work, how do you get a divorce during a global pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has – for better or worse – brought families together, provided they had been living together in mid-March. Lindsay-Ont.-area family lawyer Russell Alexander was set to publish his second bookEverything You Always Wanted to Know About Divorce, when the pandemic struck. He delayed publication to add a