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

Property Division in Divorce

That you automatically share ownership of everything with your spouse and that everything is divided 50/50 on separation are two common misunderstandings about Ontario Family Law.  In Ontario, only the value of some assets are divided, pension division is complicated and none of the family law property division rules apply for common law couples.  However, separating spouses misunderstanding of property division under Part 1 of Ontario’s Family Law Act can cost them thousands of dollars. 

In this informative video, Certified Specialist in Family Law, Divorce Lawyer John Schuman, explains how property division works during an Ontario Divorce.  He explains how that under the law, property is not divided, it is only the value of property - and it is not even really the value of property but the growth in value of property that spouses share.  In addition, there are some significant exceptions to that rule when it comes to matrimonial homes, gifts and inheritances, money from personal injury settlements or awards, and marriage contracts.  

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In addition, when Ontario’s Family Law results in a really unfair situation, there are ways to correct that unfairness.  

9 - Property Division in Ontario After Marriage

In separation and divorce, it is crucial that the spouses understand how property division works.  This video gives an easy-to-understand overview of the Ontario Law on that subject, which can help spouses avoid making huge mistakes when separating

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

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Spanking, Corporal Punishment and Canada’s Criminal Law (Canada AM)

John Schuman spoke to Canada AM host, Marci Ien, about spanking and corporal punishment under Canadian Law.  The issue arose in relation to two BC parents who were convicted of assaulting their daughter after using corporal punishment to punish her for “sexting.”   You can read the  complete story and watch the videos on this page.

Spanking and corporal punishment are legal in Canada, but as John describes in the interview, there are limits.  Crossing those limits can get parents, teachers, and others, in criminal court, or even jail.  Find out more about how the law treats spanking and corporal punishment on this page.

If a children’s aid society is calling to speak to you over concerns about corporal punishment or other forms of discipline, then you must read this page immediately. You should also contact an excellent child protection lawyer right away to avoid serious trouble from the police and CAS.

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