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 »
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 »
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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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 »
Saving The Golden Goose: Part 3 – How Family Run Businesses Can Survive and Thrive After Divorce contributed by Russell Alexander published in Durham Region Law Association biannual newsletter Durlaw Voice.
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.
Did Testator’s Chronic Alcoholism Affect His Ability to Make a Valid Will?
In a recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision involving a Wills and Estates matter, one of the main questions was whether the testator – a man named Jack – was so impacted by his chronic alcoholism and the after-effects of a heart attack that he did not have the legal capacity to validly make the Will that entirely excluded his wife Loretta.