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CTV News: Spike in Divorces Expected as Courts Reopen

Russell Alexander recently appeared on CTV News where he spoke about the spike in divorces across Canada due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  He explained that this trend we are now seeing in Canada has followed that of China, the United Kingdom, and parts of the United States.

Mr. Alexander highlights that if divorce is a couples-only option, there are ways to make the process less contentious and stressful.  He explained that you can get divorced in a peaceful and respectful way that encourages everyone to continue to have a good relationship.  In his new book, ‘Everything You Always Wanted to … more »

In the media: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Family Intact During the Coronavirus

Russell Alexander was recently featured in Divorce Magazine where he discussed what families can do in order to remain intact during the coronavirus pandemic.  His article highlights how, although every unhappy family is unique, right now, a lot of families are unhappy in a similar way for similar reasons.

Using his many years of working closely with families, Mr. Alexander outlines his top tips for keeping families together during quarantine and the pandemic.  It is important to focus on maintaining and strengthening the bonds that tie you and your partner together if you want to get through the pandemic without … more »

In the news: Russ Speaks with Colin Freeze from the Globe and Mail

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

New Article Published on MyKawartha.com – Ownership of Property Revealed to Spouse After 20 Years

Did Wife’s Lawyer Know of Husband’s Asset?  And Can Court Assume Wife Knew, Too?

Just prior to their marriage, the husband had bought the property, and led the wife to believe it was owned by a development corporation that had been set up.  In reality, he put title in his own name – a fact he did not reveal in his sworn affidavits and financial statements.

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