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Family Law Trials Part III: Day Three

It is 7:30 am on the morning of the third day of trial.  Yes, I slept in today.  Worked late and couldn’t move when the alarm went off at 6:00.  But still had trial dreams. Yuck. Yesterday was a good day.  The other side didn’t seem to score any points in cross of our client. …

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Family Law Trials Part II: Day Two

It is 6 am on the morning of the second day of trial.  I have been up for hours.  When I slept I dreamed of the trial.  I am reminded of what it means to live and breathe a case. We opened our case yesterday.  The judge is hard to read, nodding and listening and …

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Family Law Trials Part I – The Preparation

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. How do you get to trial? Prepare, prepare, prepare. I am a week away from a family law trial. I am busy preparing: compiling briefs of all of the material that has to be served and filed, culling all of the documents I want to …

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Inter-Disciplinary Magic

Last week, I attended the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Ontario Chapter) conference. It was inspiring and enjoyable to spend time with professionals all of whom work with families going through separation and divorce. There were lawyers and social workers and psychologists and judges. There were individual speakers on topics ranging from challenging clients …

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A PLEA FOR FAMILY LAW EDUCATION

Family Law and How it Pertains to Everyone I see lots of unhappy people in my office. Many are first time clients. Clients who have come to meet with me to learn about how the law will impact them. People who have either separated or are considering separation, and want to know their rights. These …

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Family Court is Open to the Public

Canadian Family Court for the Public In Canada, we have an open court system. That is probably obvious from the daily bombardment of information coming out of two sensational Ontario court cases presently under way: the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial and the trial of Tim Bosma’s alleged killers. People might know that criminal proceedings …

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Why You Should Hire a Family Law Specialist

Hiring a family law specialist gives you confidence for a more skilled lawyer. There are many lawyers competing for your legal dollar. Their skill, experience and fees are all over the map. How do you choose? Price? Recent decisions in their favour? A positive review online? A referral from a trusted friend or advisor? While …

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