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Understanding Parental Alienation in Ontario

In Ontario, parental alienation is recognized as a serious concern that can negatively impact the parent-child relationship as well as the wellbeing of the child.  Alienating actions may be subject to legal consequences in Ontario, whether they have occurred deliberately or unintentionally in family law proceedings. Speaking to a family lawyer can help clarify what …

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Financial Abuse in Separation and Divorce

Financial abuse is a serious matter and is recognized in Ontario as a form of family violence. Because it is not talked about as often as other forms of abuse, it can be hard to determine whether you have experienced it. Financial abuse may affect relationships between grandparents, parents, children, or romantic partners. It’s a …

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Collaborative Divorce: A More Peaceful Approach to Ending Your Marriage

The Collaborative Divorce Process Collaborative divorce refers to the process of spouses working together to settle the terms of their divorce outside of court. Collaborative divorce is voluntary and normally means that negotiations remain amicable and address the interests of both parties through joint agreements. The Collaborative Team A collaborative team is assembled upon the …

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Tips on How to Minimize Conflict During a Separation or Divorce for High-Conflict Divorces

Summary Every case requires a unique and personalized approach to minimizing conflict during a separation or divorce. Some matters have a conflict that derives from differing parenting styles, whereas other cases have issues such as suspected alienation that may be the driving force of the conflict. Each issue has a unique solution that should be …

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Same Sex Divorce and Separation in Ontario

With the passing of The Civil Marriages Act in 2005, same sex marriage was finally legalized in Canada. The laws with respect to same-sex (married) couples who are in the process of a separation and/or divorce are identical to heterosexual married couples as long as the parties reside primarily in Canada. For more information on …

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The Enforceability and Application of Religious Marriage Contracts Upon Dissolution of Marriage in Ontario

The Parallels: The Enforceability and Application of Religious Marriage Contracts Upon Dissolution of Marriage in Ontario By: Samah Rahman and Jeffrey Mammon At Gelman & Associates, our family law lawyers have experience in handling family law matters for people of all faiths. In fact, our family law lawyers come from various different backgrounds and faiths …

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Narcissists and Divorce

Divorce is a complex and emotionally charged process that can be significantly more challenging when one of the parties involved exhibits narcissistic traits. Narcissists often engage in manipulative, controlling, and abusive behavior, making the divorce process not only difficult but potentially harmful to the emotional and financial well-being of their partner. In such cases, hiring …

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Common Signs That Your Spouse Or Partner Struggles With Narcissistic Tendencies

What Is Narcissism? ‘Narcissism’ has become somewhat of a catch-all vogue term casually thrown around, particularly in the realm of family law. In our social-media frenzied culture where we all have degrees in Googling and Wikipedia, it has become a popular adjective to describe an ex, while the actual medical diagnosis of “Narcissist Personality Disorder” …

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Exploring the Impact of Divorce on Children

We spoke with Claire McDowell, a family lawyer with Gelman & Associates, about the impact of divorce on children.  Please note that this article is intended as an overview on a subject in family law, and is not intended as legal advice. For legal advice regarding matters of divorce, we recommend you schedule a consultation …

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