Gary Joseph

The harnessed power of the brainstorm

Good ideas can come out of thin air. Generating consistently great ideas, however, requires more than mere luck. Creative thinking must be fostered, and it must be actively supported at all levels of the organization. Regular brainstorming sessions can help. Brainstorming as a way of working ...

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William Abbott

Perpetual students: child support beyond the first degree

Pursuant to s. 2(1)(b) of the Divorce Act, a “child of the marriage” is one who is “the age of majority or over and under their [parents'] charge but unable, by reason of illness, disability or other cause, to withdraw from their charge or to obtain the necessaries of ...

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Gary Joseph

Mediation & Arbitration Explained

“What is Mediation” There is a pervasive misunderstanding as to this form of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation involves a neutral third party working to assist the parties in reaching a settlement of their dispute. Mediation may be “open” in which case in the ...

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Gary Joseph

Family lawyers back NDP bill to amend Family Law Act

For family lawyers like Gary Joseph, the Family Law Amendment Act (Support for Adult Children) has been a long time coming. “Back in 2010, Justice [Carole] Curtis commented that this legislation needed to be amended to address this concern and the government ignored that,” said ...

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Gary Joseph

Payor income hike doesn't always increase support

Marriage is, among other things, an economic partnership. In Canada, the relevant legislation has evolved to ensure that the economic benefits of this partnership are divided fairly upon its breakdown. What sort of division is fair depends on the nature of the partnership being divided. Not ...

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WILLIAM ABBOTT

Does lawyer have automatic right to question wife?

Toronto family law lawyer Will Abbott tells Law Times  the central question in an unusual decision released by the Superior Court recently was whether or not a lawyer representing himself in his divorce had an automatic right to question his wife. “A lot of people presume they do ...

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GARY JOSEPH

Efforts to improve system significant

Numerous efforts, including additional mediation options and the passage of new rules, have been made in an attempt to address public concerns over the family law system, Toronto family lawyer Gary Joseph says in Law Times . “After eliminating most of the archaic demands of ...

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Michael Stangarone

Equalization can’t be mischaracterized as support, case shows

Making the intentions behind the terms of a separation agreement clear from the start may save a divorced couple the trouble of further conflict and litigation down the road, says Toronto family lawyer  Michael Stangarone . Stangarone, a partner with  MacDonald and Partners LLP , ...

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Kenneth Younie

With the right resources UFC "beneficial," says Kenneth Younie

At this year’s Family Law Summit the Attorney General of Ontario announced plans to finally expand the Unified Family Court (“UFC”) system across the province. UFCs have been operational in several jurisdictions since the first branch opened in Hamilton in 1980 after several years of study. In ...

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