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

The Ontario Family Court Process - Step by Step

Court is a complicated process with lots of rules.  Family court is no different. Many people are afraid of what is going to happen when they go to family court. That is one reason why family lawyers really help people in their divorce, child custody, support or property division cases.  Family Court Judges expect people who represent themselves to know how the process works.  Even if you have a lawyer, it can still be frightening to be in court if you do not know what is going to happen.

In this video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, describes the Ontario Family Court process from start to finish. He takes you through all the steps from filing the first documents, to your first time going to court, to motions for temporary child custody, child support, spousal support or disclosure, through attempts to settle and then trial.  If you want to know what will happen when you go to family court, then watch this video. 

If you need to go to court to get an emergency court order for child custody, then this page describes how to do that

If you want to avoid family court, all of the conflict and stress associated with it, and find other ways to resolve your issues with your ex-spouse, then click on this page for information on the alternatives to family court. For information specifically about Collaborative Practice (also called Collaborative Law), another alternative to family court, click here.

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Famly Law - an easy to understand book to help with separation, divorce, family court, mediation, arbitration and child welfare

An easy-to-understand guide to Ontario Family Law for non-lawyers. Click on the cover above to purchase on Amazon.

If you would like even more information about the family court process, including a step-by-step guide, the alternatives to court and an explanation of the most important family law concepts (including child support, spousal support, child custody, property division and many more), the $25 easy-to-understand book in the picture gives you all of that and tips on how to win in family court.  Click on the book to get the paperback or Kindle version.  Click on the icons to get it for Kobo or as an iBook for your iPad, iPhone or Mac.

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To Contact John Schuman, you can call 416-446-5847, email him, or use the contact form below.  We respond promptly to all inquiries. 

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How to Win in Family Court - The Importance of Evidence in Divorce Cases

In Family Court, what you know does not matter - it's what you can prove. In this short Web Extra video from the the  TV Show, Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone, Cerfified Speciliast in Family Law, John Schuman, discusses with Justice Harvey Brownstone, the importance of evidence in both child custody and child support and spousal support cases. Whether you are claiming custody of children or support, this video gives some advice on what you need to show the judge to get what you want in Family Court.   Find out from a senior Family Lawyer and Family Court Judge what evidence you need to get custody and the right level of support.

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For more on what facts you have to prove to get custody of a child, list to this podcast or read this page and this page. To hear about whether children can have a say in family court, watch this video or listen to this podcast.

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For more about child support, read this article, watch this video, or listen to these podcasts on the basics of child support and child support's special and extraordinary expenses.  This video goes over spousal support.

And the book mentioned in the video, which covers these issues in an easy-to-understand way is available by clicking here. 

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