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Articles written by John Syrtash

John Syrtash, BA (Hon), LL.B answers pressing questions on Family Law.

DO I NEED A LAWYER?

Don’t represent yourself

Free lawyers are hard to find

Is a lawyer necessary if one of us is keeping the house?

Kids can get legal help

Don’t do this without a lawyer

Don’t walk into a custody battle alone

Don’t fool yourself: Use a lawyer

Paralegals not a safe substitute

Securing legal counsel is key in parenting disputes

SEPARATION & DIVORCE

It never hurts to be civil

A marriage nightmare

Husband wants to send wife home

Stop worrying and call her bluff

Husband and wife have same rights

It might be your obligation

Don’t leave home just yet

Damage upon separation

Reconcile, or find yourself a good shoulder to cry on.

If it won’t last, then get out fast!

What will Happen to me? You’ll both face changes

How long does it take to get a Divorce?

The Proposed Changes to Canada’s Divorce Laws: meaningless, costly and unfair

CHILD CUSTODY AND ACCESS

Fines often deter mothers

Equal access strategy

Explaining custody terms

Charges affect custody

Facing access problems

What should Santa do?

Don’t be a wimp – go for custody

Who’s at fault for a delinquent kid?

At what age can my child choose which parent he wants to live with?

Simple paternity test holds answers

What are my custody rights if I’m pregnant and divorcing?

Handling Parents who Frustrate Phone Access

What is the Best and Worst Evidence for Custody & Access Hearings?

‘We become what we behold – How to deal with “bad-mouthing” parents.

Problems of Mudslinging in Custody and Access Hearings: the Do’s and Don’ts

Developmentally Appropriate Questions for Child Witnesses

Mature enough to fly on his own?

What if the Birth Certificate has the wrong father on it?

After separating, don’t allow a “status quo” situation to develop in your partner’s favour if you want custody

CHILD AND SPOUSAL SUPPORT

Pursue child support

Pursuing additional child support

Defending a support claim

If she’s paying, she may own part of the house

Don’t let him slip through the payment net

Still likely stuck with payments

Forcing support payment

Is he Dependant or not?

Ensuring Spousal Support is Tax Deductible

Are you on the hook for retroactive child support?

Courts don’t always enforce support guidelines.

Sorry, but you can’t recoup your fatherly support

Hockey: a special expense?

Courts look at ability to pay for activities

Child support obligations after my child turns 18

A legal threat may do the trick: How to enforce support

Getting a Quick Divorce When you have Children but Don’t want a Child Support Order

Do you know their needs?

Adultery & Spousal Support: Do Gifts from Third Parties Comprise Income?

How child and spousal support is calculated for self-employed payers

Enforcing Child and Spousal Support when Navigating the Family Responsibility Office: Yes, it is unfair.

Good News for Divorcing Women (or is this a mirage)?

Support Issues with Backlash: Sometimes Misunderstood Tax Implications of Support Awards

How long does it take from commencing a Court action to enforcing a Support Order?

Challenging the Ontario Family Responsibility Office to be more creative in their enforcement methods

Enforcing Support Payments

RESTRAINING ORDERS AND WOMEN’S SHELTERS: WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?

Will a shelter shield me from my child?

Long haul to lift restraining order

Courts won’t ignore violence

COURT PROCEDURE

Requests take time to get through courts

FINANCIAL ISSUES

Protect yourself from liability

All sources of revenue count

Protecting business interest on separation

He owes you: Get his financial info

How to deal with RESPs and a split

House equity depends on many factors

Who gets the house upon separation?

Status of familial monetary gifts prior to divorce

Marriage breakup and RESPs

The dollars and sense of simple divorces

Having to Pay “Child Support” for your “live-in” girlfriend’s child from a previous relationship

RELIGIOUS, MORAL AND CHARTER OF RIGHTS ISSUES

Divorce, religion woes

Courts will allow multiple religions

The disposable divorce era: The duty of lawyers under section 9 of the Divorce Act

M. v. H.: Or how Gays got the Right to Marry in Canada

Same Sex Partners: What Rights Do They Have

Family Law and Religious Courts

Applying to Register and Validating a Foreign Marriage License in Ontario: Follow these steps for your license

GRANDPARENTS ISSUES

Legal rights of grandparents

Courts won’t ignore violence

IMMIGRATION TO CANADA AND MARRIAGE FRAUD

Using marriage as a ticket to Canada

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