Firm News

The Week Ahead – March 1

This week we will review: Can an Order for Costs Be Reduced due to COVID-19’s Impact on Income?; and Can Online Learning Assist a Parent’s Unilateral Decision to Change School Districts?

Wednesday’s Video: Court Order for Child Terrified of COVID

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The Lawyer’s Daily: Russell Alexander opens new office

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers announced that it is expanding, hiring five more lawyers to work in a new location in Concord, Ont.

According to the press release, with divorce rates rising due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lindsay-based firm has hired:

  • Alex De Melo, a University of Ottawa law graduate who has worked as a legal counsel at Legal Aid Ontario, the Peel Children’s Aid Society and the Children’s Aid Society;
  • Bill Rogers, a Queen’s University law graduate and longtime family law attorney who won a major victory in the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2014;
  • Rick
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Toronto Sun: The pandemic has kept divorce lawyers busy

Russell Speaks with Jane Stevenson of the Toronto Star about hiring five more lawyers as divorce rates increase

Divorce, pandemic-style is becoming more as the virus crisis drags on and many couples find themselves spending a little too much time in close quarters.

The number of divorce cases has jumped by about 30% during the pandemic for veteran divorce lawyer Russell Alexander, who founded Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.

Alexander just hired five more lawyers for his newest office location in Concord, Ont., to deal with the spike in divorce rates, and has updated the firm’s book, Everything You Always more »

The Week Ahead – February 22nd

This week we will review: Ontario: “Online Harassment” is a New Cause of Action in Tort; and Mom Insists Kids Would “Never Be Okay With” Dad’s New Girlfriend; Court Finds Parental Alienation

Wednesday’s Video: COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids – Which Parent Gets to Decide?

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The Week Ahead – February 16th

This week we will review: Dispute Over $250,000 Insurance Designation Goes All the Way to Supreme Court of Canada; and How the COVID-19 Crisis Could Impact Spousal Asset Valuations

Wednesday’s Video: COVID Concert – James Barker

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Russell Alexander featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine: Court orders parents to take child “terrified” of COVID-19 to counselling

Judge admonishes parents for not utilizing dispute resolution clause in divorce order

An Ontario court has treated the issue of a child’s return to a COVID-19 hotspot, when the child was suffering from pandemic-related anxiety, as a mental health issue that called for the parents to take the child to counselling.

In I.L. v. C.R., 2021 ONSC 590, the applicant father and respondent mother, both lawyers, had three teenaged children, aged 18, 16 and 13. The parents separated in September 2015 and obtained a divorce order in October 2018 that settled their parenting issues. The children primarily resided … more »

Russell Alexander Says ‘Zoom Divorces’ Break With Court Traditions

Streaming video poses challenges for poor clients, domestic violence victims and others

Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers say online courtroom appearances in divorce cases have caused problems for some families, even as they have provided a solution during the coronavirus pandemic.

With many divorce cases now being handled through streaming video chats, clients with lower incomes, those who are not tech-savvy and victims of domestic violence have been particularly affected, said founder Russell Alexander.

“Without streaming video, a lot of these divorces could not move forward during the pandemic, but there are tradeoffs,” he said. “Virtual courtrooms can be a … more »