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Collaborative Family Law

April 13, 2020
At Morrison Williams, we frequently get asked questions about the separation process, including:  Can I negotiate with my spouse directly?  If we cannot agree, what are our next steps?   What are the alternative processes to litigation (going to Court)?  In recent years, there has been a growing desire from those going through separation to avoid […]

The Impact of the Novel Coronavirus on Family Court Orders and Separation Agreements

March 26, 2020
Over the past few weeks, the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has drastically impacted the lives of most Canadians.  While many Canadians are experiencing unease related to financial uncertainty, change in routine, and a growing health crisis, separated and divorced parents are facing a new challenge: co-parenting during this pandemic.     Presently, the courts in […]

Children Over the Age of Majority

November 7, 2018
Have you wondered how long you will need to support your children?   There is a common misconception that child support ends when a child turns 18 years of age.  In fact, this is not the case in many circumstances.   Separated spouses and parents in Ontario have an obligation to continue to provide support for children […]

Shared Child-Related Expenses

September 18, 2018
Section 7 Special or Extraordinary Expenses  Have you ever wondered how separated parents share child-related expenses such as private school, daycare, extracurriculars (i.e. dance, sports, tutoring, etc.), and post-secondary expenses?   Under the Federal Child Support Guidelines (“the Guidelines”), there are two components to child support:   Table child support; and   Section 7 special or extraordinary expenses.   […]

Joint Custody

April 16, 2018
“Custody” is generally understood to refer to the decision-making authority for the children.  These decisions include those pertaining to education, non-emergency medical care, religion, and recreational activities.   Section 20 of the Children’s Law Reform Act establishes the presumption that the parents of a child are equally entitled to custody of that child.  When common law […]

Parenting Schedules (Access Arrangements)

September 14, 2017
Often, the most challenging and contentious issue following separation is where the children will reside or, more specifically, with whom the children will reside and when.  Determining the parenting schedule or the “access arrangements” can be a difficult endeavor for parents, particularly when both parents want to maximize their time with the children and are […]