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Ontario Superior Court’s Decision on Unsupervised Parenting Time: A Controversial Ruling?

In a ruling that stirs debate about balancing child safety and parental rights, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted unsupervised parenting time to Christopher Hunt, a father previously convicted of assaulting his daughter. This decision, stemming from the case Hunt v. Hunt (2023 ONSC 5411), highlights the complexities and challenges inherent in family law, …

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Discussing Child Access and Safety Planning During Domestic Violence Cases in Ontario

Safety Planning for Survivors of Domestic Violence We asked Evan Clemence, family lawyer at Gelman & Associates, some commonly asked questions about safety planning for survivors of domestic violence in Ontario. Please be advised that these answers are not intended as legal advice, but rather as an introductory overview on a legal subject. For legal advice …

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Determining Decision-Making Responsibility and Parenting Time After Divorce

A divorce brings forth many questions and challenges, and one of the most critical aspects to consider is how decision-making responsibility and parenting time will be allocated for your child as per the Children’s Law Reform Act or the Divorce Act. Determining these aspects is a crucial decision that can profoundly impact your child’s well-being …

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Co-Parenting Tips for a Spooktacular Halloween

Halloween, with its costumes, candy, and spooky fun, is a much-anticipated holiday for kids. If you’re co-parenting, ensuring that your children have a fantastic and stress-free Halloween, regardless of which parent they’re with, is essential.  Here are some valuable co-parenting tips for creating a spooktacular celebration: Plan Ahead: Start by coordinating with your co-parent well …

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Travelling with Children: Understanding Parental Consent Forms and Child Passport Applications

Travelling with children can be an exciting and enriching experience, allowing families to create lasting memories and explore new horizons together. However, amidst the excitement, it is crucial to be aware of the legal considerations and requirements that accompany travelling with minors. Parental consent forms and child passport applications play a pivotal role in ensuring …

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Creating a Parenting Plan in Ontario: A Guide to Decision-Making Responsibility, Parenting Time, and Contact

When going through a separation or divorce in Ontario, it’s crucial to prioritize the well-being of your children and establish a parenting plan that promotes their best interests. The Ontario legal system has recognized the importance of using updated terminology, shifting from “child custody” to “decision-making responsibility and parenting plan” to reflect a more child-centred …

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Child Relocation

Relocating with or without your child is not as simple as packing your bags and leaving. Relocation cases are some of the most difficult cases to predict how a Court will decide, as ultimately, the consideration for the court is whether the relocation is in the child’s best interests. The court will consider a variety …

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How to Navigate Your Kids, The Holidays and Your Ex

The holidays can be difficult for separated families. It may be impossible for children to celebrate the holidays with both parents. Splitting these special times for the children with your ex can be one of the most challenging steps in a separation or divorce. At Gelman & Associates, we want to make sure you and …

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