Our lawyers regularly advise and assist our clients with respect to the dissolution of marriages and marriage-like relationships. We negotiate or litigate all issues arising in the family law context. Our firm advises clients in marital property valuations, accountings of family and commercial interests and apportionment of property, structuring equalization payments, security concerns and insurance plans, spousal and child support, child custody arrangements, guardianship and adoption. We are frequently involved in preparing or providing advice regarding co-habitation and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.
We promote mediation services, where appropriate, as an alternative to litigation.
Is Non-Adversarial Dispute Resolution a Better Option in High Conflict Custody Cases Where There is a Parental Personality Disorder?
In Canada, the principle on which parenting disputes are resolved is that of the “best interests of the child”. However, it has been suggested that the area of law that resolves parenting disputes is “devoid of the attributes of consistency, reliability and predictability” and that in no other area of law do judges “possess so unfettered and broad a discretion for decision making. ”. Read more...
Is Secrecy Still Appropriate or Acceptable in Gamete Donation?
Individuals, who are conceived through the science of assisted reproductive technology and anonymous gamete donation, often do not know the identity of all of the individuals who have provided the necessary genetic material for their conception. Some of these people have a great desire to obtain this information. In a very small number of circumstances there is virtually no prospect of ascertaining this information. However, when this information is available, should it forever be denied to those with a desire to learn of his or her heritage?. Read more...
The Need for Embedded Relationship and Interaction Education from Kindergarten to Grade 12
We are now required to obtain training, education and licensing for a wide variety of activities, but such is not required for the most important and complex lifetime need, namely, the development and maintenance of human relationships and how we are to interact with other members of society in a manner that respects our individual and collective needs. . Read more...