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:


The breakdown of a relationship is always a stressful experience but the emotional impact is heightened when there are children involved and spouses are faced with making a decision about how they intend to parent their children going forward or, worse yet, they are faced with having a judge make that decision for them.  Once

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

Catherine Hyde

Family Law Clerk

We often receive telephone calls from clients wondering whether we have a paralegal in our family department that can be retained as opposed to a lawyer, as a cheaper option of resolving their family disputes.

The Law Society of Upper Canada began regulating paralegals in May, 2007.  This means that