Unified Family Court Comes to Waterloo Region

You probably won’t be too excited about this.  But I am. As a family law lawyer, I have waited for a merger of our two present family law courts into one (hence the title “Unified Family Court” or “UFC”).  The first and only UFC was set up in Hamilton in…

Kitchener Waterloo: A Great Place to Live & Practice Law

It’s Friday afternoon on a very steamy summer day. I have had a monumentally busy week drafting documents, meeting with clients, speaking with other lawyers, preparing for court and… just being my usual dedicated, hardworking family lawyer self. Our office staff have served us well as always. Time for a…

Considering a Divorce in 2019? Eight Things To Know When Kids Are Involved

To get a ‘simple, uncontested’ divorce still involves a court application, although it is largely paperwork. If you have settled “kids, money and property” fairly and legally – for example by way of a Separation Agreement – your divorce application should be straightforward. If there are dependent children, you will…

Divorce: Expectation vs. Reality

Many recently first-time separated clients come to my office in Kitchener-Waterloo thinking about “divorce”. I often tell them that divorce is no big deal. The top separation issues are “kids, money and property”. If these have been settled fairly and legally, and the dissolution of the marriage is the only…

Deconstructing Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal can be complicated. Just what is it? And what can you do if you find yourself in a constructive dismissal situation? Let’s take a closer look: What is Constructive Dismissal? It is a situation in which your employer does not directly terminate you, but unilaterally changes significant parts…

Mental Illness in the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know

Fostering a safe, healthy environment that prioritizes wellbeing is important for every business. When your workplace is psychologically healthy, your people are productive, contributing members of the team. However, in Canadian society, mental health is a growing issue: approximately one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their…

Cannabis and Cauliflower

In the last few weeks, it seems as if everyone has jumped on to the cannabis bandwagon. The news media is full of stories with Canadians ($$ in their heads) gleefully rubbing their hands together in anticipation of new opportunities to profit in a whole new sector of the economy….

How Is Child Support Calculated?

Even the most amicable divorce proceedings can hit a roadblock when it comes to the issue of child support. The reality is that it’s complex, and based on a variety of factors under provincial and federal law. While we can’t tell you what your support obligation or entitlement will be…

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

For those ending a marriage, among the many concerns and thoughts running through their minds is, “how much will my divorce cost?” The short answer is that it depends on your situation. Let’s dig into some factors that can influence the cost so you are as prepared as possible throughout…

Not Cleared for Take Off: Mistakes To Avoid In Your Separation

All too often in separation situations, one or both of the parties head for the barricades and do things far more than necessary to protect themselves. I sometimes call these actions “take offs”. For example: He takes her off of his health insurance coverage available at work. She takes him…

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