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Podcast Episodes:

  1. Separation and First Decisions
  2. Deciding How to Resolve Matters After Separation
  3. Divorce - What Does It Mean? How Do I Get One?
  4. How To Have an Enforceable Marriage Contract in Ontario
  5. What Say Do Children Get In Separation and Divorce?
  6. Why Income for Taxes is Different From Income for Support
  7. What Does the Term “Child Custody” Mean?
  8. How Your Heart Can Get You Into Financial Trouble
  9. How Is Property Divided After a Marriage in Ontario?
  10. Child Support in Ontario/Canada: Who Pays and How Much?
  11. Child Support’s Special and Extraordinary Expenses
  12. How Step Parents and Grandparents Can Be on the Hook for Child Support
  13. Spousal Support in Ontario and Canada
  14. Ontario Family Court Step-by Step #1: Starting and Responding to Court Proceedings
  15. Ontario Family Court Step-by Step #2: From the First Appearance to Last Appearance Before Trial
  16. Ontario Family Court Step-by-Step#3: Trial in Family Court
  17. Sole Custody, Joint Custody, Shared Parenting - How Do Judges Decide?
  18. Hearing the Voice of the Child in Custody/Access Proceedings
  19. What to do if a Child Won’t Visit With One Parent
  20. What Living Common Law Means (and what it doesn’t)
  21. How Family Law Can Take Away a Personal Injury Settlement 
  22. Children’s Rights in Ontario Schools
  23. Why You Need a Will
  24. How to Have a Valid and Enforceable Separation Agreement in Ontario
  25. Family Law For First Responders
  26. Immigration Law Consequences of Separation or Divorce
  27. Domestic Violence
  28. What to Do When a Children’s Aid Society Calls Doing an Investigation
  29. Common Law Separation and Property Division
  30. Spousal Support Entitlement
  31. How Lawyers Help at Family Mediation
  32. Family Court Step-by-Step #4: How to Change a Support Order or Agreement
  33. The Law of Marriage Contracts and Cohabitation Agreements
  34. Disclosure in Family Law 
  35. Keeping Child Custody / Access Issues Out of Court
  36. Is Family Court Biased?
  37. Sharing the Holidays After Separation
  38. Do Ontario Private Schools Have Any Standards?
  39. What Ontario Public Schools Must Do About Bullying
  40. How to Keep Your Money in Divorce and Separation
  41. How to Prepare for Family Mediation

The award-winning Ontario Family Law Podcast is hosted by Certified Specialist in Family Law, Ontario family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, John Schuman.  John is also the author of the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available from Amazon as a paperback or a Kindle eBook and from iTunes for your iphone/ipad.

In an easy-to-understand manner, the podcast discusses all family law matters, from marriage, to separation and divorce, and child welfare issues.  John discusses many, and the most important, family law issues in depth and provides pointers to keep people out of trouble.

John has also devoted episodes to the podcast to discussing children rights issues and provides advice to parents about how to protect their children, especially vulnerable children at school or when dealing with Children’s Aid Societies.


A complete list of all the podcasts topics is at the left (or below for mobile users). 


Some of the topics covered include:

  • marriage contracts and cohabitation agreement
  • what does "divorce” mean
  • how do you get child custody?  How does a judge decide which parent gets custody?
  • what say to children get in family court?
  • how is child support calculated?
  • what are special and extraordinary expenses?  Who pays?  How much?
  • how is property divided after separation (and how that is different for married and common-law couples)
  • what is family mediation, family arbitration and collaborative practice?
  • how to keep assets away from your inlays
  • the Ontario Family Court process, step-by-step, from how to start court proceedings, through all the steps leading up to trial, and even how to change a final order or agreement
  • domestic violence and what to do
  • special family law issues for Emergency First Responders (Police, Paramedics, Firefighters, etc.)
  • special topics on children’s issues and children’s rights, especially with regard to the rights children have in pubic schools, and what to expect from private schools.
  • common law relationships


This podcast It is essential listening for anyone experiencing major life events.  Just listening can make sure you do not fall into any family law pitfalls. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or by using RSS.


Starting with Podcast Episode 36, the podcasts are also available in video format both on this site and on YouTube


Many thanks to Little Jackie Wright for providing the theme music for the Ontario Family Law Podcast.


In addition to the Ontario Family Law Podcast, listen to John Schuman on the following radio programs:


To contact John Schuman, use the email address or telephone number at the top of this page.  


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The companion book to this podcast, The Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law is available by clicking on the book to the right. The e-book is $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone.  The e-books are available for immediate download so people cab start getting informant and advice in minutes!   The book is also possible to order it from Amazon as a paperback.If you have found this podcast useful, please feel free to share it on your social network by using the buttons to the left or at the bottom of the page.   Hundreds of people download episodes of the podcast every month because of the valuable information it provides on family law and family court issues.


If you would like to contact John Schuman, pick any episode and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.




This podcast is provided for general information only.  It does not constitute legal advice with regard to any specific situation.

43 - The Rights of Students During Ontario Teacher Strikes

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43- The Rights of Students During Ontario Teacher's Strikes

Difficulties between the Ontario Government and the teacher’s unions have led to public school classes being cancelled for some students, teachers not providing comments on report cards, and teachers stopping various other administrative tasks and other services.   Many parents with children in the public education system have been asking about their children’s rights to an education during a teacher’s strike.  


This Episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast answers the questions about what Ontario Law guarantees to students and how it protects them.  It reveals what the minimum educational education standards are in the province and sets.  It also discusses what rights that students with special needs, and students who are victims of bullying, can continue to expect even during labour disruptions affecting their school.


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on all aspects of children’s law, education law, children’s rights, family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  If you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with child custody matters to supplement what people learn from this important podcast.


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42- How to Get a “Legal Separation” in Ontario

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42 - How to Get a Legal Separation in Ontario

One of the most common family law questions is “how to register a separation.”  People have just separated, people who are thinking about separating and people who think they may be separated wonder what they have to do to “make it official”.  The first things to do after separation is the topic in this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast.


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how a “separation” becomes legal in Ontario - for both married and common law couples.  He also explains the significance of the date of separation for support and property division, as well as some of the  implications for employment benefits programs and income tax. John also explains the steps you need to start to address, and resolve, all the issues arising from separation.  This podcast can help people who are separating avoid making big family law mistakes.


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Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with losing money - or coming out ahead, in your separation or divorce to supplement what people learn from this important podcast. 

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Criminal Sentencing of Bullies in the St. Michael’s College Scandal

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CBC Here and Now on Sentencing in St. Michael’s Case



Three boys who committed violent physical and sexual assaults as part of hazing rituals at St. Michael’s College School and then shared a video of the assaults on social media have been sentenced pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.   Justice Weagant sentences the three boys to two years of probation each.  All three boys had already been expelled from the elite private boys' school.  One of the victims alleges he also had to leave the school because of ongoing bullying centred around his victimization.  Education Lawyer, John Schuman, has been involved in many legal cases about students being bullied at school.  He discussed the the sentencing of the boys in the St. Michael’s case, the ramifications of that and the civil court case against the school in this segment from CBC Toronto’s Here and Now with Gill Deacon (Find the player at left or below on some mobile devices)


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page.  For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, by calling 416-446-6569 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


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41 - How to Prepare for Family Mediation

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41 - How to Prepare for Family Mediation

Many people choose family mediation to resolve the issues in separation and divorce, including parenting, child support, spousal support, and property division.  Often they chose family mediation to save money or get everything resolved more quickly or to avoid the difficult arguments and fights.  Mediation is more important, even required in some cases in the changes to the Divorce Act in 2020.  But to really save money, to get through the mediation more quickly, and to avoid unnecessary arguments, it is really helpful to do some preparations before going to family mediation. 


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family LawJohn Schuman, goes over what every separated spouse or parent should do to prepare for family mediation.  That preparation includes taking important steps to get ready to discuss parenting matters (formerly custody and access) and financial matters.  It also involves getting emotionally prepared to resolved matters at mediation.  This podcast explains it all and provides valuable Family Law Tips to not only allow mediation to go more smoothly, but to help it proceed much more quickly, and at a lower cost, while making it more likely that the mediation will be successful in reaching a resolution.  This podcast can even help a separated parent or spouse use the mediation to get a result that he or she will like better.  


Anyone going through a separation should consider mediation and other forms of ADR to resolve all the related matters.  That makes this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast essentially listening or viewing.


The goal of any mediation is to reach a lasting separation.  Consequently, it is also worth checking out Episode 24 of the Ontario Family Law Podcast on how to get a Valid and Enforceable Separation Agreement. 


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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.

Paperback available from:

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Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with losing money - or coming out ahead, in your separation or divorce to supplement what people learn from this important podcast. 



40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce



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40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

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Separation and divorce can be very expensive - often more expensive than necessary.  When separating spouses or parents are not careful, or make big family law mistakes, they give away or spend more money than they have to - leaving less money for themselves, their children and possibly their new families. 


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family LawJohn Schuman, gives many valuable family law tips to separating spouses and parents about how they can keep more of their money. Drawing from more than twenty years of experience as a family lawyer, trial lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, John Schuman explains how preserve wealth through:

 

This podcast is an invaluable resource for people considering separation or divorce.  People should listen to this podcast before living together, getting married or separating to make sure they do not give money away needlessly. 


The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with losing money - or coming out ahead, in your separation or divorce to supplement what people learn from this important podcast.  


39 - What Ontario Public Schools Must Do About Bullying


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39 - What Ontario Public Schools Must Do About Bullying

In this edition in the Children's Right's series of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Education Lawyer, John Schuman, explains what children have a right to expect that their public school will do to prevent bullying and what the school must do when bullying happens.  He explains the obligations that the school has to the victims of bullying, including how the school must support all victims of bullying.  He also explains what the school must do with the bullies.  Finally, this podcast explains where parents, and students, can get help after being bullied and what legal remedies are available against schools that do not do enough about bullying.  


It is essential that students know that their school has to protect them agains bullying and what rights they have in the school system when they are victimized by bullies   Parents equally must know what they can do to protect their children, including what steps they can demand the school take to protect their children  from being bullied, and to help them if they are bullied. 





38 - Ontario Private Schools, Standards and Education Law


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38 - Ontario Private Schools, Standards, and Education Law

Many children attend Ontario Private Schools.  They do so in the belief that those schools provide a superior education to publicly funded schools, including superior academics, better sports, smaller class sizes and more attention to children’s needs.  But, does Ontario Law require private schools to meet those expectations or  meet any standards at all?  Recent private school scandals have pointed out just how little Ontario Education Law protects students at private schools. Parents should know what they are getting into before enrolling their child.


In this edition of the podcast, Toronto Education Lawyer, John Schuman explains how Ontario Education applies, and does not apply to Ontario Private Schools.  He lets parents how to know what standards apply to any Ontario Private School that they are considering and what to do if the school falls below those standards.  This is information that every parent needs to know before sending their child to private school. 


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on all aspects of children’s law, education law, children’s rights, family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  If you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with child custody matters to supplement what people learn from this important podcast.


University Cheating Scandal Finds Celebrities Sneaking Their Kids into Prestigious Schools

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Celebrities such as Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin,  prominent business leaders and lawyers have all been arrested for trying to “cheat” their kids into elite U.S. Universities like Yale, Stanford, UCLA, the University of Texas and others. They bribed coaches to have their children admitted as athletes, when they were not, paid off exam proctors to let other people write exams of their kids, or change the answers and arranged for their children to be fraudulently identified as having special needs.  The competition is certainly fierce to get into some U.S. Universities.  Canadian University degrees are also valued throughout the world.  Education Lawyer, John Schuman, has seen his share of scams to get kids into schools and to get marks that they did not deserve.  He discussed the U.S. scandal and his own experience in they segment from CBC Toronto’s Here and Now.  (Find the player at left or below on some mobile devices)


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page.  For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, by calling 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.



37 - Sharing the Holidays After Separation



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37 - Sharing the Holidays After Separation

Holidays (be they Christmas, Chanukah  Kwanza, Eid, New Years, or any other important celebration) can be difficult for separated families.  It may be impossible for the kids to celebrate with both parents and their families  - or to have the most important times, such as Christmas Morning, with both parents. Dividing up these special times with the children can be one of the biggest challenges after separation or in divorce.


Fighting over the holidays can ruin them for your kids and cause psychological harm. In this edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, gives useful parenting, child custoody and Family Law tips on how to share your children over important holidays.  If you and your ex have not been able to sort out the holidays, this episode is essential listing to protect your kids and make sure they have a celebration, not a conflict.

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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.

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Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-4036, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with child custody matters to supplement what people learn from this important podcast.


36 - Is Family Court Biased?


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36 - Is Family Court Biased?

For years, many people have said that Family Court is biased towards women.  Lately, women who feel that fathers get "joint custody,” even "shared parenting," no matter what, feel that it is has become biased in favour of men.   In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast (the first available in both video and audio formats), Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explores the issue of what, besides the law, influences judges when they make decisions in Family Law cases. People often lose cases for reasons that are not always related to their gender.  Understanding how to get a judge’s sympathy is critical to “winning’ in Family Court.

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The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both of them for  give easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  To get your copy of the book, click on the picture of the book above and to the left.


Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  if you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5869, email us,  or fill out form below and click “send.”


You can comment on this podcast using the comments section below.  Share your experiences with child custody matters to supplement what people learn from this important podcast.  


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