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The award-winning Ontario Family Law Podcast is hosted by Certified Specialist in Family Law, Ontario family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, John Schuman. John is also the author of the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law.

In an easy-to-understand manner, the podcast discusses all family law matters, from marriage, to separation and divorce, and child welfare issues. He also covers the legal topics relevant to students in school. The last season is also available in video format.

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The award-winning Ontario Family Law Podcast is hosted by Certified Specialist in Family Law, Ontario family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer, John Schuman. John is also the author of the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law.

In an easy-to-understand manner, the podcast discusses all family law matters, from marriage, to separation and divorce, and child welfare issues. He also covers the legal topics relevant to students in school. The last season is also available in video format.

    How to Give to Your Kids But Not Their Spouses

    How to Give to Your Kids But Not Their Spouses

    With the prices of everything going up, especially the costs of first time homes, but also care, furniture and even diapers, may parents of adult children may find it necessary to help out their kids as they “get started” and are having trouble making ends meet, making financial plans for the future, or getting that first home to get into the real estate market.  While many older parents want to help out their kids financially, for a variety of reasons, they may not want to help out the spouses of their kids.

    To help out parents, who want to help their adult kids, in this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explores some ways that parents can help out their adult children without also giving it to their children’s spouses or partners.  All parents who want to make gifts to their children should check out this episode BEFORE making their gift to make sure that gift goes where they expect.

    A video version of this podcast is available on YouTube. 

    If you found this episode helpful, check out these other episodes on similar topics:

    71 - How the Crazy Real Estate Market affects Divorce and Separation

    68 - Will Your Ex Get Everything If You Die?

    63 - What Can You Do With a Marriage Contract?

    56 - Will My Ext Get My House If I Divorce?

    44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce?

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation/Divorce

    29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

    9 - How is Property Divided After a Divorce in Ontario?

    The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.


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    Why Would A Judge Refuse to Grant a Divorce?

    Why Would A Judge Refuse to Grant a Divorce?

    Getting an uncontested or simple divorce is thought by many to be a straightforward process.  As a result many people who try to do their divorce on their own are surprised when a judge refuses to grant the divorce. There is no absolute right to a divorce. Ontario Family Law sets out several reasons that a judge must refuse to grand a divorce, even when the couple needs it quickly to get remarried to new partners. They range from child support problems, to service issues, to attempts at fraud, to problems with a religions divorce, to the spouses not being entitled to get divorced in Ontario, to several more reasons.  It is important that separated spouses who want a divorce, know all the reasons that compel a judge to refuse that divorce, so they are not stuck rescheduling a wedding or having other problems

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains reasons that a judge can refuse a divorce to help separated couples succeed in becoming divorced.  This episode is critical for all separated couples who want to get a divorce, particularly those that are trying to get an uncontested divorce on their own, so that they can avoid the problems that can keep them from getting divorced.  There is a video version of this episodes available on YouTube. 

    If you found this episode helpful, check out these other episodes on similar topics:

    67 - How Long Does It Take To Get Divorced in Ontario?

    56 - Will my Ex Get My House If I Divorce?

    55 - Can You Get Divorced in Canada?

    51 - Who Pays the Cost of an Ontario Divorce?

    44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce?

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

    11 - Child Support’s Special and Extraordinary Expenses

    10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada: Who Pays and How Much?

    3 - Divorce - What Does It Mean? How Do I Get One?

    The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.


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    How the Crazy Real Estate Market Affects Divorce and Separation

    How the Crazy Real Estate Market Affects Divorce and Separation

    The housing market, with its rapidly rising real estate prices, has been a topic of conversation across Canada.  It has also been a subject of interest in Family Courts, mediations and arbitrations.   Separated and divorcing spouses either want to make sure they continue to share in the rapidly increasing value of the home, or to make sure their former spouses do not.   When spouses are married, they have matrimonial homes – sometimes more than one per couple – and those can create a lot of opportunities to gain great wealth, at the expense of the other spouse, in this real estate market.  Common law couples do not equalize their property, so how they have arranged their finances may mean they share in every increase in real estate values or do not share them at all.

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how the increase in value of matrimonial and family homes is shared, or is not, before and after separation, in the current crazy real estate market.  How couples organize their finances can make differences of hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars when they separate.  A video version of this podcast is available on Youtube. 

    To get more information about the topics covered in this episode, check out these other episodes:

    44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce?

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

    29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

    9 - How Property Is Divided After a Marriage in Ontario

    8 - How Your Heart Can Get You Into Financial Trouble - Step Children and Matrimonial Homes

    The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.


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    Do You Have A Duty to Call the Children's Aid Society?

    Do You Have A Duty to Call the Children's Aid Society?

    There is no question that child abuse and neglect is a terrible thing that can have long lasting impacts, even ruin the entire lives of child victims. While everyone should want to protect children from child abuse and neglect, Ontario Law has made it mandatory for everyone in a job that relates to children to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect to a children’s aid society. But, many have people have questions about what legal obligations they might have to report child abuse, what constitutes child abuse or neglect that must be reported and whether they can get into trouble for making such a report. This episode answers all those questions about requirements to report to a children’s aid society.  It is critical watching or listening for all professionals who work with children in Ontario.

    This episode is also available in video format on Youtube.

    If the children's aid society has called to do an investigation on your family, listen to this episode, watch this video and read this page.

    The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.


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    What Can Students Be Expelled For in Ontario?

    What Can Students Be Expelled For in Ontario?

    Expulsion is the most serious punishment available within the school system and it can have long lasting consequences for expelled students both for their education and for their lives more generally. Although Board’s deny it, most expelled students have some identifiable characteristics.  They are more often racialized, have special education needs, are socially awkward – nerds, geeks and such, have been in the care of a children’s aid society or a combination of those.  In short, they are the most vulnerable students. But, none of these are good reasons to expel a student. Alternatively, principals want kids out of their school if there is even a hint of sexual impropriety, which raises lots of questions about injecting school discipline into student social-dynamics, especially amongst teenagers.

    While it may be possible to expel private school students for anything, things are very different for public school students.  The student must have misbehaved at school, at a school related activity or in a way that has impact many students at the school.  In addition, there are only eleven types of misbehaviour for which a school board can expel a student.  If the student did not commit one of those types of acts at one of the required places, the student cannot be expelled.  And, there are some special circumstances where even if a student did one of those types of behaviour, they still cannot be expelled.  If school is trying to expel a student improperly, the student and parents should fight that expulsion.  There are procedures for doing that and for appealing expulsions.

    In this Episode, Education Lawyer, John Schuman explains what students can be expelled for - and what they can’t. Many Ontario students are expelled improperly.  When that happens, they should not let the expulsions stand.  A child’s education is far too important.

    If you found this episode helpful or informative,  check out these:

    65 - How to Get Help For Your Child’s Special Needs in Ontario Schools

    58 - Student Rights During COVID-19

    39 - What Ontario Private Schools Must Do About Bullying

    38 - Ontario Private Schools, Standards and Education Law

    22 - Children’s Rights in Ontario Schools


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    Will Your Ex Get Everything if You Die?

    Will Your Ex Get Everything if You Die?

    After they separate from a spouse or partner, most people expend considerable effort protecting their financial situation.  People want to protect what they have, either for themselves or for their children.   They also do not their exes to get more than necessary.  Everyone wants their own money that they can use, or give away, free from interference.   After separation, nearly everyone is very careful in organizing finances.  But, often they are NOT careful in planning for their finances if they die.  Unfortunately,  that can mean that, even after a long fight, a former spouse can get take much more from the estate than he or she would have gotten through family court - just because the other spouse dies without doing the proper things.  En ex-spouse can even take money from the estate at the expense of the children.

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains what you have to do keep your ex from getting everything if you die after separation and to ensure your inheritance goes where you want it to go.   With concrete examples he sets out the precise steps that every separated spouse should take to preserve his or her estate for loved ones.

    This episode is also available in video format on YouTube.

    To get more information about the topics covered in this episode, check out these other episodes:

    9 - How is Property Divided After a Marriage in Ontario?

    10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada: Who Pays and How Much?

    23 - Why You Need a Will

    29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

    30 - Spousal Support Entitlement

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

    42 - How to Get a "Legal Separation" in Ontario

    44 - Can You Be Better Office Financially If You Divorce?

    The Ontario Family Law Podcast is a companion to the book, Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available  as a $9.99 Kindle eBook, Kobo eBook, or iBook for your iPad or iPhone and as a paperback from Amazon and better bookstores.


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