Wealthy Husband Ordered to Pay Wife Spousal Support of $30,000 per Month

In a recent case, an Ontario court considered the interesting question of how much spousal support should be awarded to a wife whose husband earned approximately $2,090,000 per year. The Parties’ Story The parties began to cohabit in December 2001, married in June 2006 and separated in May 2017. While the husband was a very …

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Court Finds Mother in Contempt

Court orders cannot be ignored or disobeyed, and complying with a court order is not optional. In a recent case, an Ontario court considered whether or not the mother of a young child was in contempt for refusing to grant access to the child’s paternal grandmother in accordance with a previous order. What Happened? The …

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Court Orders Father to Pay Exorbitant Costs Award

The mother in a recent Ontario case sought her costs of litigation, which amounted to $456,411.14, inclusive of disbursements and HST. The court had to determine whether the father’s conduct had been so unreasonable that it warranted ordering him to pay those costs. The Parties’ Story The parties were involved in acrimonious litigation for two …

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Court Grants Mother Interim Sole Custody of Child

An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of whether or not it was appropriate to grant interim custody to a parent while proceedings were underway. The Parties’ Story and Positions The parties began living together in May 2014 and separated in October 2018. They had one child together, who was born in 2016. The …

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Court Orders Spouse to Pay Advance of Fees to Fund Litigation

In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered one spouse’s plea for an order of interim costs and disbursements to cover the expenses of carrying on the parties’ litigation. The Parties’ Story The parties began cohabiting in October 2008, married in June 2011 and separated in 2017. The parties had signed a marriage contract the …

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Factors The Court Will Consider When Making a Costs Award

The reason behind costs awards in family law matters When parties are involved in family law litigation, it is possible that the court will find one party liable to the other for their costs of the proceeding. In 2018, in the case of Mattina v. Mattina, the Court of Appeal confirmed that rules with respect …

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Court Determines Which School Child Will Attend

An Ontario court recently granted a mother’s request seeking an order that her child attend a specific school for the upcoming school year.   A Special Needs Child The parties separated in 2008. The parties had one child, X, who was 13 years old and starting grade 8 in September 2018. The parties had shared …

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Nova Scotia Courts Consider the Question of Who is a Parent?

Two levels of court in Nova Scotia recently discussed the question of who constitutes a parent, for the purposes of adoption, in that province. At issue was whether the biological father of a child that had been put up for adoption should have received notice of that adoption even though he had no relationship with …

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Gelman Family Law News – Winter 2016

Your Brilliant Future Awaits “The only constant in life is change”. And there is no question that the end of a relationship is a huge change. But what if instead of fearing all the change in your post-relationship life, you embrace the opportunities?! What if you shift your perspective…? Continue Common Law and Property Equalization When …

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