Amazon Founder’s Divorce Makes Headlines

High profile divorces make for great headline fodder, but when one of the wealthiest couples in the world announce they are divorcing, discussions around the couple can really heat up. Last week, Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, announced he and his wife MacKenzie were divorcing after 25 years of marriage. The couple …

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Gelman & Associates Is Attending Canada’s Bridal Show!

The team at Gelman & Associates is excited to be partaking in Canada’s Bridal Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto this weekend. The show, which runs from today through Sunday is described as the largest and most prestigious bridal show in Canada, bringing in thousands of people over the course of the weekend. …

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Homemade Separation Agreement Ends Up Costing Couple Time and Money

Hiring an experienced family lawyer is a critical step when going through a separation or divorce. It may be tempting to attempt to cut costs by going through the process alone, but as one Ontario couple recently learned, doing things without legal representation can result in an expensive and time consuming experience. Background The couple …

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Father’s Credibility Questioned After Review Of Instagram Account

While social media can be an amazing tool – allowing us to communicate and share our lives with people around the world, it also brings with it an inherent lack of privacy. Even “private” accounts may be made public, and deleted photos or posts are not necessarily gone forever. It is important to carefully consider …

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When the Court Will Stay an Order Pending Appeal

An Ontario court recently considered an interesting case where one party sought a stay of two orders pending appeal.   The Parties’ Story The parties were the parents of a five-year-old child. They separated when the child was approximately one year old. The child resided primarily with the mother after the parties’ separation, until June …

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Gelman & Associates Lawyer Quoted In Parliament

On May 22, 2018, Bill C-78 was introduced in the House of Commons. The bill proposes significant changes to a number of existing acts, including the federal Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act. The bill’s sponsor, Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP for Vancouver Granville, summarized its …

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An Annulment vs. a Divorce: Which One is Appropriate?

An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of when it may grant a party’s application to annul their marriage (instead of getting a divorce).   The Parties’ Story The parties got married on August 16, 2016. They separated on January 10, 2017. On March 9, 2018, the wife commenced an application, seeking an annulment …

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Ignoring Payment Of Costs Can Be An Expensive Mistake

Complying with a court order is a serious responsibility. We’ve blogged in the past about the importance of it, and the consequences that can arise when court orders are not followed or outright ignored. Whether a party is made to pay child support, spousal support, or to follow any other orders, such as to avoid …

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When Will a Court Order Interim Costs and Disbursements?

An Ontario court recently considered a case where a husband appealed from an interlocutory order that required him to pay his wife $150,000 for interim costs and disbursements.   What Happened? The parties were married in 2002 and separated in 2013. They had four children together. In 2007, following a period of difficulty, the parties …

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Court Asked To Determine If A Divorce Overseas Is Valid, If It Occurred At All

Canada recognized marriages and divorces in the performed in other parts of the world. However, determining whether a couple has been properly married, or in the case we are about to discuss, properly divorced, is not always an easy task. In a recent case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court was tasked …

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