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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
  42. How to Get a “Legal Separation” in Ontario
  43. The Rights of Students During a Teacher’s Strike
  44. Can You Be Better Off Financially By Getting a Divorce?
  45. Resolving Family Law Disputes While the Family Courts Are Closed Due to COVID-19
  46. Do Parenting Plans and Family Court Orders Continue During COVID-19?     Update on Parenting During the Pandemic: What Family Court Judges Say
  47. How COVID19 Affects Child Support and Spousal Support
  48. COVID19 Family Law Property Scam
  49. Can Parents Get Private School Tuition Back Due to COVID19?
  50. Is COVID19 A Good Time to Separate or Divorce?

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. We appreciate their ongoing permission to use their original material


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.


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

46 - 2 Update on Parenting During the Pandemic - What Family Court Judges Say


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46-2 Update on Parenting During the Pandemic - What Family Court Judges Say

This video updates episode 46 of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, released at the beginning  of the pandemic to give guidance to separated parents on what Family Law says about how the pandemic will affect parenting plans and Family Court Orders. The content of that original episode remains competely accurate. This new episode goes into what specific judges have said and what Family Court Judges expect separated parents to do in specific parenting situations during the pandemic. 


The sweatshirt from this video is from the #ivegotyourback911 campaign, which raises awareness and financial support for mental health programs for first responders. Check it out at www.ivegotyourback911.com 


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:  

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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 416-446-5847, 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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50 - Is COVID19 A Good Time to Separate or Divorce?



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The pandemic has been extremely stressful for everyone.  The fears of getting sick, combined with being isolated from friends and loved ones, the disruption of routines, the loss of favorite activities and perhaps the financial insecurity has made coping difficult for people who do not have underlying mental health problems.   Add to that, many people are spending more time with their spouses than they ever have before, and they are learning lots about partners, and perhaps lots that they do not like.  Life can become intolerable for people living together, particularly where they cannot get along or sympathize with what each other are feelings.  For many others who already have strained relationship, the pandemic has pushed them past the breaking point.  Many people are asking, “Is COVID19 a good time to separate?” 


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, provides some important information for making that decision.


While this episode answers specific questions about separating during COVID19, many of the considerations are applicable at other times too.  Concerns about custody of the children, child support, spousal support and how property division will work out will continue even after the pandemic is over. The Family Law Principals will be the same.  Only the circumstances will be different. 


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 416-446-5847, 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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49 - Can Parents Get Private School Tuition Back Due to COVID-19?

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49 - Can Parents Get Private School Tuition Back Due to COVID-19? 


Ontario students have been out of school for since March. Parents of children in the public school system have been struggling with helping their children through lessons at home with what many of them feel is inadequate support, especially for children with special learning needs.  Parent with children in private school have been facing that, and additional concerns regarding paying tuition.  Even though they are closed to students due to the pandemic, and many parents are struggling financially, some Ontario Private Schools are asking parents to pay for the 2020/2021 school year now.   Others are continuing to charge for school this year or are refusing any form of refund even though students are not going to school.   For parents who paid for boarding, that can be a lot of money and it seems particularly unfair since their children are not currently living at the school.   Unlike public school parents, private school parents feel stung even more if the distance learning for their children is not meeting their expectations in light of what they paid.


In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, host,  education lawyer John Schuman, explains how Ontario Education Law may give parents some avenues to seek money back from Ontario Private Schools who are charging tuition while school is out due to the pandemic. 


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:


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 416-446-5847, 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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48 - COVID19 Family Law Property SCAM



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48 - The COVID19 Family Law Property SCAM

Even with the Family Courts mostly closed during the pandmeic, and the economy struggling, spouses are  making legal claims to try to get ALL of what their ex has left.  This actually is not a concern unique to COVID19, it is also a concern whenever the economy takes a downturn. But, these times do allow a spouse to take advantage of the laws that apply to property division in divorce to get everything, or almost everything that their spouse has. The episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast explains how this happens and how to avoid it as often it really is a SCAM. Married spouses must listen to this podcast to know how these troubling times have impacted what happens when separating in Ontario.


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 losing money - or coming out ahead, in your separation or divorce to supplement what people learn from this important podcast. 

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47 - How COVID-19 Affects Child Support and Spousal Support



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47 - How COVID19 affects Child Support and Spousal Support

The Corona Virus has had a previously unimaginable impact on our economy and the incomes of many Canadians. Many people paying or receiving child support or spousal support find that their income is either uncertain, has been dramatically reduced or is gone all together.  What happens to child and spousal support when the support payor has these financial concerns during COVID19 is the subject of this edition of the Family Law Podcast.

 

Previous episodes of the Ontario Family Law Podcast have explained how child support works and how spousal support works. Since then, it seems like everything may have changed COVID19 has put many people out of work, reduced the incomes of many other, completely shut down some businesses, leaving the owners with no money at all.  What does that mean for child support and spousal support obligations?   In the short run, probably very little.  In the long run, perhaps a lot. 


The government has not enacted any new laws to change support obligations as a result of the Corona Virus.  Unless the support payer and the support recipient agree to something different, support continues as set out in the last court order or separation agreement.  The children or spouse who are dependent on that support remain dependent on that support.  


However, many support payers feel that the children or their ex cannot have financial security that they do not have – especially when there is no money left. 


It may not be possible for support payers to pay full child support or spousal support right now.  That does not mean that they can just ignore court orders. They may  have to make up the missed payments later, or it may be necessary to adjust support going forward, although with the current restricted access to the Ontario Courts, that can be tricky and may be difficult going forward if the support payer does not do things correctly.


This edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast explains the basics of what both support payers and support recipients have to know during the Corona Virus Crisis. It has tips for moving forward to ensure that support remains fair in the short and long term.


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 that may go to Family Court, such as  child custody, child access or parenting after separation, should rely on both of the Ontario Family Law Podcast and the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law 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 PodcastJohn Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.  If you would like to contact him, either call 416-446-5847, 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. 


46 - Do Parenting Plans and Family Court Orders Continue During COVID-19?

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Does COVID-19 mean that separated parents should not let the children see the other parent?  Does the corona virus crisis justify breaching court orders?  This special edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast explains the law and provides tips for difficult situations.

46 - Do Parenting Plans and Family Court Orders Continue During COVID-19?

The corona virus crisis is having a profound impact on every aspect of our society.  With all the significant changes in the way that everyone is living every aspect of everyday life, and all the new public health requirements, separated parents are having questions about whether they should continue to follow the current parenting scheduled as set out in a Parenting Order or to an agreement with their ex.  All that is happening at a time when the Ontario court system is shut down and dealing with only the most desperate situations.  As a result, there are no court decisions providing guidance about exactly what parents should do about their parenting schedules in the midst of this crisis.  However, there are some established principles under our family laws that do provide some guidance.  This podcast goes over those laws to give some assistance to separated parents.

If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 that may go to Family Court, such as  child custody, child access or parenting after separation, should rely on both of the Ontario Family Law Podcast and the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law 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 416-446-5847, 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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45 - Resolving Family Law Disputes While the Family Courts Are Closed Due to COVID-19



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45 - Resolving Family Law Disputes While the Family Courts Are Closed Due to COVID-19

The closure of the Ontario Family Courts due to COVID-19 does NOT mean that separated spouses and parents have to wait to have their matters resolved.  Since separation and divorce is an uncomfortable period of transition for both adults, but especially children, waiting a few months for the courts to reopen could be painful and add additional stress and anxiety at an already difficult time.  In this edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist, John P. Schuman, explains the procedures available to get your Family Law Matter resolved, even while the Courts are closed.  Everyone who has unresolved Family Law matters should listed so they do not have to suffer waiting to have these difficult matters resolved. 

If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 416-446-5847, 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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44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce?

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44- Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce?

People assume that they will be financially ruined by their separation and divorce. In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist, John Schuman, explains why that is not always the case. This episode explains important Family Law financial issues, such as child support, spousal support/alimony, property division and the impact of shared parenting situations.  It goes over the often misunderstood financial impact that they can have on separation.  Those misunderstandings often lead people to assume that a divorce will ruin them financially.  This episode explains why that is not necessarily the case and in what situations a separated spouse an actually be better off financially. This episode also has legal tips to help make the best decisions for starting a new life.  To avoid common Family Law mistakes, it is important to make informed decisions to protect yourself and your kids. This episode provides a wealth of information to help with those decisions. 


If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes:

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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 losing money - or coming out ahead, in your separation or divorce to supplement what people learn from this important podcast. 

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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.”


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