John Schuman, Ontario Family Lawyer/Divorce Lawyer and Children’s Rights Advocate, on Television

Losing Your Cottage To Your Spouse in Divorce


Even though your cottage may have been in your family for generations, it can be particularly vulnerable during a divorce.  Since the cottage can be a matrimonial home, your spouse can have the legal right to continue to use your cottage after separation and may be able to employ various strategies to get ownership of it through the property division process.  On the other hand, a spouse may not want to “separate” from a cottage after pouring his or her heart and soul into that “peace of paradise” even though it is owned entirely by his or her ex-spouse and family.  Many people are surprised at just how easy it can be to lose a cottage in the Ontario Divorce process.


In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, Divorce Lawyer John Schuman, explains how cottages can be at risk in a divorce   He also explains the steps you can take to protect your ownership of the cottage and everything that is at the cottage and how you can gain an interest in a cottage you do now own through your own hard work. In addition, John gives over how when Ontario’s Family Law results in a spouse losing a cottage unfairly, there are ways to correct that unfairness.  


To more specifics on why ex-spouses can keep using the cottage after divorce, check out this page on cottages, ex-spouses and divorces.

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law Best Seller


If you need more information about how to protect your cottage or your assets after separation, pick up John’s best selling, easy-to-understand $20 book on the Basics of Ontario Family Law.  It explains the law in more detail, gives some tips on what to do when the property division is working out badly, and sets out how to protect yourself whether you are dealing with your divorce in or outside of court.  The book is not only available as paperback, but also as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  

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You may also want to listen to the Ontario Family Law Podcast episodes on:


But the best way to protect yourself (and your cottage and other things and people that are important to you) is to find out how the law applies specifically to your situation and what steps you should take to get things to work out for you. Contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5847, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate). 

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Manitoba Parental Abduction Case


John Schuman describes the legal consequences for parents who take matters into their own hands, defy Family Court Orders, and abscond with the children in their child custody or divorce case.  These issues arose in the context of a Manitoba Case where the mother, who had lost custody, disappeared with the children. A Canada-Wide arrest warrant was issued for her arrest. 


Not being supportive of the other parent, acting unilaterally with respect to the children (especially in contravention of a court order) and not putting the children’s needs first are some of the best ways for a parent to lose custody of children.  There are other factors that judges consider when deciding child custody cases.


Three is a proper way to protect your children from imminent danger.  That is by getting an emergency order giving you custody of the children.  Taking matters into your own hands, and breaching court orders, is one of the best ways to lose your case - and possibly your kids.  That is the result in this case, where the mother ended up in jail and the children lost the opportunity to have their mother be a parent for them.


Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law Best Seller

If your ex is preventing you from seeing your kids, read this page about what to do.  For information for what to do if a parent is abusing the kids, check out this page.   But, it these situations, the best thing to do is to meet with a top family law lawyer to make sure you have the best possible advocate protecting what is best for the kids.  To contact John Schuman, call 416-446-5847, email him, or use the form below to contact him.  We respond to all inquiries quickly.


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John is a top child custody lawyer and he has included a lot of information about child custody cases, how to win them, and how to look after your children in separation and divorce in his easy-to-understand book on Ontario Family Law, which is not only available as paperback, but also as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  The book not only explains custody and access, and how to deal with emergencies involving children, but also most other common family law issues.  It also explains how child custody cases in family court, in mediation, arbitration and in custody/access assessments.  There are many mistakes people can unknowing make in child custody cases, but John’s book explains how to avoid those mistakes and get the order or agreement that is best for your children.


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