Seasoned lawyer Russell Alexander delayed the release to update with coronavirus concerns
LINDSAY, ONTARIO—In his second book, noted Ontario family lawyer Russell Alexander is
answering the questions he faces most frequently from clients considering a divorce, including
ones he’s gotten during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Divorce law is always a difficult subject,” said Alexander. “But the coronavirus has only added
to the confusion and stress, with courtrooms closed and parents negotiating ad hoc solutions to
the quarantine. My goal with this book was to answer questions I get all the time as well as ones
I have received time and again … more »
Russell Alexander recently appeared on CTV News to discuss how the coronavirus is impacting families across Canada and what you can do to keep your family intact.
Mr. Alexander explained how the quarantine has put extra strain on relationships, many of which may have had underlying tensions that the pandemic has brought to a head. In his recent articles, Mr. Alexander provides families with tips and tricks for keeping relationships intact during the pandemic such as maintaining your routine as best as possible, making time for you and your spouse, and making alone time for yourself.
Divorce and separation are some of the most difficult times for families, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the process has become much more complicated. Many Canadian families are subject to additional stressors due to health protocols. Russell Alexander has a few tips for families going through this difficult time:
Take time apart: With quarantine and social distancing measures in place, many couples are spending an abnormal amount of time together. It is important for each person to maintain their independence in a relationship, therefore couples should set some time each day where they can each be alone. This can be
Global News Peterborough recently caught up with Mr. Alexander and his “Save A Slice” initiative. Over the past weeks, Russell Alexander and his team have been teaming up with local restaurants and delivering pizzas to first responders and local hospitals.
Mr. Alexander launched the “Save a Slice” initiative in support of our doctors, nurses and support staff at our local hospitals as well as in support of local restaurants. He hopes that other local law firms and businesses will get on board and support their fellow business owners.
Russell Alexander recently appeared on Newstalk 1010 to discuss his recent initiative, “Save a Slice”. Mr. Alexander started the initiative to support local businesses and to give back to the community.
Over the past weeks, Russell Alexander has been teaming up with local restaurants and delivering pizzas to first responders and local hospitals in Lindsay, Oshawa, Peterborough, Toronto and Markham/Stouffville. The “Save A Slice” initiative provides business for local family-run restaurants while also showing support to our doctors, nurses, and support staff who have been working tirelessly through this pandemic. And Mr. Alexander highlights that this is only the beginning … more »
Russ was invited to join Richard of 680 News over a zoom call to discuss higher divorce rates due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The studies we’re seeing from China and the UK indicate that divorce rates are spiking,” said Russell Alexander. “We haven’t seen this happening in Canada just yet, but if this goes on for several more months, we may see a spike in divorce.”
Recently, Russell joined Tom Blackwell of the National Post to weigh in on child access issues during the pandemic. In this insightful article, lawyers and judges from across Canada review recent cases of child access and shared parenting arrangements and what is in the best interest of the child.
What do you do if one of the parents works in a hospital or nursing home or doesn’t seem to be observing social distancing protocol during this time? It appears that judges are ruling on a case-by-case basis based on the issues and complexities specific to each circumstance.
Divorce firm’s ‘Save a Slice’ effort is now in its third week of helping health care workers
LINDSAY, ONTARIO—Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers sent 50 pizzas to Toronto General Hospital over the weekend as part of its new “Save a Slice” initiative to help health care workers and restaurant employees on the frontlines of the coronavirus.
“We’ve gotten tremendous feedback from ‘Save a Slice’ initiative,” said Russell Alexander, founder of the firm. “We’re glad that we’ve found a way to help keep restaurants in business while recognizing the health-care workers on the front lines of this pandemic.”
Coronavirus pandemic adds complexity to parental-access battles
A week after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Kevin Reid received a text from his ex-wife.
“Based on the pandemic that is happening right now, the kids will be staying home until further notice,” it read.
Under the terms of their divorce agreement, he is supposed to have the kids every other weekend and on Wednesday evenings. He hasn’t seen his children, an 11-year-old son and nine-year-old daughter, since receiving that text more than three weeks ago.
“I understand the seriousness of the situation. But at the same time, I … more »
Russ recently spoke with May Warren from the Toronto Star about upcoming changes to make the language of the Divorce Act more neutral and reduce the harmful “winner-loser” mindset by using terms like “parenting time” instead of “custody” and “access.” He also talked about how the government could do a better job letting the public know about ways to avoid long and protracted custody battles, including mediation.