Family Blog

  • May 16, 2017

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    Our court system is lengthy, document intensive and complicated.  Many of those in court are representing themselves.  It’s a difficult challenge to understand court procedure, keep up with the documentation and court appearances especially if there is a lawyer on the other side, but even in cases where neither party has a lawyer.

  • Nov 29, 2016

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

  • Sep 27, 2016

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    1.             Rules, Procedures & Timelines:

  • Aug 25, 2016

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

  • Aug 09, 2016

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    In family law things change.  In particular, support orders change over time.  Mothers, fathers, husbands and wives change jobs.  Their incomes change.  Children who are once dependant become independent.  Special expenses for children under Guideline legislation changes.  These and other circumstances that occur in the ordinary year by year life of a separated family require review and recalculation of child support and spousal support provisions in court orders and in separation agreements.

  • Apr 12, 2016

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    In family law, whether we’re in court or negotiating a settlement without court, we spend a lot of time on financial disclosure. This is particularly important when dealing with support or property issues. We and our client need to understand the opposite party’s finances including their income, expenses assets and debts. They need to understand ours. We require accurate and reliable information including supporting documents before either of us are in a position to bargain fairly and hopefully settle.

  • Aug 07, 2015

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    1.           DO keep your financial documents organized.

    Whether you wind up in court or in a negotiated separation agreement, the exchange of financial documentation is very important. If you keep tax returns, real estate documents, bank statements, RRSP statements, charge account statements etc. accessible, organized and in some sort of order, it will make it much easier to retrieve them when you or your lawyer needs them.

  • Jun 12, 2015

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    On The Paper Trail:

    Actually, I like Forms…. kind of.  As a kid, my favourite tools were pens, pencils, rules and a clipboard. I would design lists with boxes, lines, columns and what-not.  This came in handy later in life when, as a lawyer, I designed client information sheets, checklists and other documents for the family law clients of MORRISON REIST.

  • Apr 24, 2015

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    Change the Order --- Not the Diapers!!

    In Family Law, the pendulum sometimes swings.

  • Feb 06, 2015

    By:  Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    "Can't Talk Now ‘Cause .... I’m Going To Court"

    It is a relatively rare occasion for a family law case to make the newspapers let alone the lead story in the front section.