When is a Common Law Partnership ‘Official’?

There is great confusion about common-law partnerships. They are a distinct domestic household union recognized by family law courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. Common-law partnerships are not a subset of being married, however they share some elements in common. There is no distinction between same-sex or opposite sex common-law partnerships. From the nationwide

Oh Joyful Weddings!

Relishing the abundance of attention, the many warm embraces, congratulatory fist bumps, gathering of family, friends and special guests. Honouring all guests for joining with you for your union. Celebrating the spirit of the occasion, your hopes, dreams and plans coming to full fruition while stumbling and learning along the way and being humble and

Inaugural South Toronto Collaborative Event

I’d like to share my presentation with you at our inaugural South Toronto Collaborative event. More than a decade ago, I initiated and continue to facilitate the South Toronto Collaborative Small Interdisciplinary Practice Group. It started as a friendly forum for newly-trained collaborative professionals all working in their own fields of expertise – lawyers, financial

Resolving Parenting Disputes: Different Forums, Different Results

Litigation: In the Ontario family courts provide a stepped process which is neither cost nor time effective. Mediation programs offer litigating parents an attempt to find common ground before a judge determines the parenting arrangement for them.  Some mediation programs are geared to income making them accessible to all parents. Other tools available to the

Top 10 Tips to Transition Back to School

Sharing the setting of school routines: delegating incremental responsibility as your child grows by working together to set house rules and standards of acceptable behavior. By enjoining each child, they learn about decision making, family values, and accountability to themselves and to each person in the family. Blended and step families may have different schools