Thomas Dart

Partner, Family Law

Not too many people are aware that Judges who sit in family court are not necessarily specialized in the area of family law. Under the current system, due to lack of judicial resources, Judges are appointed to the Bench from all different legal backgrounds. Some practised criminal law, some corporate

Thomas Dart, Partner, Family Law

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters has published its report on Family Justice.  This committee was convened at the invitation of the Chief Justice of Canada, the Honorable Beverly McLachlan and is chaired by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Cromwell.  It addresses the concern

Many people are surprised by the high cost of legal services when they go through separation and divorce.  It is not unusual to spend tens of thousands of dollars to have issues resolved even in an “amicable divorce”.  Here are some of the reasons.

First, in most cases, people have many issues to resolve:


This week, let me digress a bit from the family law field, although I think this topic is directly related to the issues we mediators face on a daily basis. If any of you have watched the Rick Mercer report on CBC television, you are undoubtedly a fan of his “weekly rant” in which he

A relationship breakdown affects people in different ways. Some people know that they have grown apart, accept that fact and are able to move on with their lives rather quickly. These are the people who can come to a quick and rather painless resolution of their parenting and financial issues.  If they use lawyers, their