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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

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.


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

40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce



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40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

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. 


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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.  


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. 


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.



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, call 416-446-4036 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.  


Is January Divorce Month?

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It is not just urban legend that more couples separate or start their divorce in January.  Divorce Lawyers do see more people call their offices in that month than any other. John Schuman was a guest on CBC’s Ontario Morning radio program to explain why.  You can listen to interview by clicking on the player to the left.


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The pressure and stress of the holidays are too much for some couples.  Others find that spending so much time together can exaggerate the difficulties in the relationship.  Others decide that they are going to turn over a new leaf in the new year - and those plans do not include their spouses.  Regardless of the reason for the separation, it is not as important as the first steps after the separation - as those decisions can have a bigger impact on the spouses, and the children, as the separation itself.


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1 - Separation and First Decisions

Deciding to separate from a spouse is a decision to make carefully. It is a decision that should be made knowing what will happen next and what to do.   To find out more about how to separate from your spouse and what to do next, check out the first episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast.   You should also watch the video below.  Finally, get more information about the first steps after separating from your spouse on this page


There are also a number of common mistakes that people make when separating from their spouses.  Some of the most common ones are set out in the video below.  However, to make sure you are making the best decisions for your and your children, you should consult with a top family law lawyer about the specifics of your case. John Schuman is a Certified Specialist in Family Law.  To make an appointment with him, use the contact form at the bottom of the page, email him, or call 416-446-4036.

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law (book)


Another source of reliable family law information, that you can access at any time - before or after separation, is this $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac or ordering the paperback version.  It includes  a lot of helpful information about Ontario Family Law issues, including property division, support, and most other family law that separating spouses and parents must address everyday.  It will help you understand not only the law, but the decisions you have to make and what is involved with each choice. 

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Grandparents Sued for Child Support

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A North Bay mother has sued her daughter's grandparents for $760 in monthly child support, plus $47,000 in back pay.   In what may become a more common situation as grandparents assert their “legal rights” to access to their grandchildren, the child’s parents demand that those grandparents share the responsibility for the child - especially financial responsibility.  Of particular concern in this case is that the Grandparents stepped in to keep their granddaughter out of foster care and that is part of the reason that the child’s mother is now suing them for child support after the children’s aid society allowed the child to return to her care.


John Schuman provided a legal commentary on this story from North Bay to CBC Radio Programs across the country and to Global Radio.  You can hear the details of the case and John’s analysis of it, by clicking on the players to the left or the CBC and Global Audio below.



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Child Support Laws in Ontario clearly allow grandparents, and step parents to become liable for child support.  This happens when the grandparent or step parent acts like a parent (rather than a grandparent or step parent) to the child.  Anyone who stands in the place of a parent to a child becomes responsible for paying child support for that child. 

12 - How Step Parents and Grandparents Can Have to Pay Child Support


Grandparents do have rights under Ontario Family Law.  However, with the recognition of those rights may be a recognition of responsibilities if grandparents want to be actively involved in raising their grandchildren.


To learn more about the law that applies and can require grandparents or step parents to pay support, listen to Episode 12 of the Ontario Family Law Podcast:  How Step Parents and Grandparents Can Be On the Hook for Child Support.


Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law (book)


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 eBook for Amazon Kindle and Kobo and as an iBook for iPad, iPhone and Mac or a paperback from Amazon and other fine book sellers.  The Guide is an easy-to-understand explanation of the basics of all aspects of Ontario Family Law, from a description of Family Court and the other ways to resolve family law matters, to a description of the most important family law topics, to tips on how to avoid common mistakes  and succeed after separation. 


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If you would like more assistance with child support, contact Certified  Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, by calling 416-446-5080, emailing him, or using the contact form below. You can also use the contact form to comment on this page.

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35 - Keeping Child Custody/Access Issues Out of Court

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35 - Resolving Children's Issues Outside of Court

The research is clear that parental separation or divorce does not harm children, it is the conflict between parents, even at mild levels, that have serious long-lasting negative impacts on children.  While there are many things parents can do to protect their children in these situations, one of the most important, if not the most important, is to work out post-separation parenting issues without a big fight.   Family Court, as part of its adversarial system of justice, most often requires some form of conflict over children’s issues.   However, there are many alternatives to Family Court for parents who want to work out custody/access issues with less conflict and with more control over the results. While judges always decide custody/access cases in the best interests of the children, what a judge thinks is in a child’s best interests can be different from what the child’s parents think.


Parenting Mediation

In this edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains the options for working out custody/access issues without resort to the Courts.  He describes parenting mediation, parenting coordination, family law arbitration, custody/access assessments, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and how each of these options works and when each of them can be best.   This podcast also describes how parents can have greater control over the parenting plan after separation by using these other methods.


All separated parents, who do not have a parenting plan or agreement over custody/access issues must listen to this podcast to find out not only how to get the best results and protection for their kids, but also how to get the parenting arrangements that work best for them.


For more information about mediation, check out this page, with a video on what happens at family and parenting mediation.


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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 an e-book for Amazon Kindle or Kobo, and as an iBook for iPad, iPhone and Mac, or as a paperback from Amazon and other fine book sellers.  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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David L. - The podcast is very good. I would like to draw attention to what goes on outside of court and agreements. When one parent does not keep the agreement they have made and turns around to alienate the children. Then there is no remedy. I and many others have that problem. Yet, to find alternate solutions by the time the children can spend the time with both the realtionship is strained. I have tried for the last 8 years to come to solutions yet due to unreasonable other side have lost that time which the children and I will not be able to get back. Moving forward low income families that struggle to spend the wanted time, need some help other than legal aid.

Response from John Schuman:  It is never acceptable for a parent to alienate the children from their other parent.   That is actually very harmful to children who need to know both their parents and form their own, independent, impressions of who their parent are.  A child deciding whether he or her likes or dislikes a parent is  important in helping the child develop a sense of identity.  Episode 19 of the podcast may help you.  In addition, here are some pages on tips on what to in this situation when your children are: pre-school or school age,  teenagers, or infants.

Karin T. - I agree with the comment above; the podcast is very useful.  I also agree that it is what goes on behind the scenes that is problematic.  I had a mediated agreement that my ex-spouse didn't feel the need to comply with if he didn't agree with it.  He played the role in the mediator's office and then in the parking lot would say, "I don't agree with the mediator."  This caused endless frustration and grief for me.  I ended up no longer willing to pay the high cost of mediation - $2,000/ hr and waste the time.


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Difficult Custody Cases - CJOB Interview

How Judges Decide Child Custody Cases

Sometimes child custody cases become very difficult, adversarial, and drawn out battles that are terrible for the kids.  Those cases cane be difficult cases for Family Court Judges to decide.  After a child custody case went very wrong in Manitoba, CJOB News Director, Richard Cloutier, interviewed John Schuman about child custody and access cases. 


In this interview Richard and John discuss some important topics in family law, and particular to child custody:


Listen to this short radio segment to gain excellent insight into how child custody cases are decided in Family Court and how to do the best things for yourself and your kids. 


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The featured expert on this radio interview is John Schuman.  John is a Certified Specialist in Family Law and the author of the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle or Kobo, and as an iBook for iPad, iPhone and Mac, or as a paperback from Amazon and other fine book sellers.  Anyone who has to deal with issues related to child custody, child access or parenting after separation should rely on both that book, and the Ontario Family Law Podcast for 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.

Contact John Schuman, Certified Specialist in Family Law and Divorce Trial Lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, to get help with your child custody case.  To reach him, either call 416-446-5869, email him or fill out form below and click “send.”  We respond promptly whenever someone contacts us.  


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