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October 2018

Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre is pleased to provide you with our eNewsletter.  We hope this information is helpful and supportive.   


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October Update:
Marriage: It's been a busy summer at the Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre. The highlight was most certainly the August marriage of our Associate Counsel, Kulbir Rehal , to  Kulvinder Vaid (Program Manager - Settlement Network in  Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)).  You can send a congratulatory note to Kulbir by clicking here.   Click here to see some of the photos of the happy occasion.

Bill C-78, Divorce Act Amendments: Gene C. Colman has been busy with matters connected with  Federal Bill C-78 - legislation that will revise the Federal Divorce Act.  Along with others,  Gene is preparing a brief to the Parliamentary Justice Committee that will consider Bill C-78.

Gene's Webinar: Gene is presenting a webinar on October 15th to the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) where he will examine the myths and stereotypes connected with Equal Shared Parenting. 

Gene on Internet Radio: On Tuesday evening, October 16th, at 7:30 p.m., Gene will appear on   Straight Talk Radio to discuss Equal Shared Parenting.

ESP Thought of the Day: On 13 June 2018, Gene launched our email bulletin: Gene C. Colman Family Law Centre Equal Shared Parenting - Thought of the Day.  Each Monday and Thursday at 8 a.m. we send out a salient excerpt from the literature re Equal Shared Parenting.  If you wish to remain informed with respect to ESP, then you can sign up with a click right here. Just fill in your name and email address and press "submit".  You can also read back issues by clicking here.
Consultation: If you are interested in a consultation with us, please visit the consultation page on our website or call our law clerk, Kim Pitre, at extension #100.

Court Victories:  
In our April 2018 newsletter, we were pleased to report on our client's recovery of overpaid child support of almost $63,000.  Since then we have received the costs decision. On 25 June 2018, our client received an order for costs against his ex of $73,450!  Here's the math: the ex wanted more money.  Our client's total positive balance was $136,351.28.  Recall that this case was the ex's Motion to Increase both Child and Spousal Support.  All in all, the result was quite favourable to our client.

CLE's and Events Attended: 
Continuing Legal Education is an important component of our professional lives.  We endeavour to keep up with the law.  Here is a sample of some courses that our lawyers have recently attended:
Gene C. Colman:
  • 19 July 2018: Proposed Changes to the Divorce Act: Impacts on Practice & Domestic Violence Screening: When Couples Separate.  FDRIO & Ontario Association of Social Workers . 
Gloria Antwi:
  • 12 & 13 October 2018: Conduct of the Family Law Trial.  The Advocates Society. Experienced
    family lawyers developed this two-day intensive program with a focus on mastering the art of trial advocacy. 
Jenny Kirshen:
  • 17 September 2018:  Rules Aren't Made to be Broken.  North Toronto Family Court Education Committee.  Course focused on the changes to the Family Law Rules, how counsel can use the Rules properly and creatively for effective advocacy and covered common mistakes and oversights made by family lawyers. 
  • 18 September 2018: Annual Bread and Butter Issues in Family LawOntario Bar Association.  Course topics included preparing clients for questioning, dealing with uncommon disclosure requests, domestic violence screening, support trends for high income earners, confidentiality, retainer agreements and also included a judicial discussion panel on a variety of family law topics. 

Kulbir Rehal:

  • We let Kulbir off the hook (LOL)  for these last few months so she could prepare for her wedding. 
Blog Posts:
Family Law & Retirement - Can I Ever Retire?
Retirement presents unique challenges.  

Advocate Daily Articles Featuring Gene C. Colman:
Myth busters: the reality of equal shared parenting
There are lots of myths and stereotypes out there when it comes to arguments advanced against equal shared parenting.
Gene critically examines the actual reality of a rebuttable presumption in favour of equal shared parenting.    Read More
Decision opens floodgates to challenges by mentally ill spouses 
It's hard to make a deal when your spouse has mental challenges.
Gene explains  how even a court order can be set aside years later.   Read More
Divorce Act amendments raise red flags: Colman
Bill C-78 - The Bill passed 2nd reading in Parliament on October 4th.   
Gene describes some of the challenges implicit in this Bill. 
  Read  More 


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