Family Blog

  • Oct 03, 2014

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    Several times a month, I pose this question to first-time family law clients:

    “If you were buying a car, would you drive the car off the lot, stop and pause? Would you then ask?...

    ‘What did I buy?’

    ‘What did I pay?’

    ‘Did I sign anything?’

  • May 13, 2014

    By Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    I call it the “C-Word”.  As a family lawyer, I encounter more contests over custody than perhaps any other issue.  It is also among the most misunderstood concepts in family law.  Practically like an ice cream store with 33 flavours, we encounter custody, sole custody, joint custody, shared custody, joint legal custody, joint physical custody, shared custody and a host of other terms.   To this muddle, add questions of access, time sharing, visitation, periods of care, primary residence, secondary residence, parallel parenting and other endless varieties. We are sometimes left with a confusing mess that even lawyers do not always understand.

    Let me try to put things in perspective.

  • Feb 14, 2014

    by Charles Morrison, Lawyer

    Most first-time clients believe that, on separation, property is divided.  For example, they assume that one-half of Husband Hugh’s bank account goes to Wife Wendy.  Or Wendy’s 2010 Mustang “half-belongs” to Hugh.  This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Ontario family law that we encounter.