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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.

    Five More Costly Misconceptions About Family Law

    Five More Costly Misconceptions About Family Law

    Looking at online comments about divorce, separation, chid custody, parenting and family law, it is shocking at how wrong they can be. In many cases, that misinformation can lead to bad choices that can cost spouses or parents big money, or even their kids. In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, corrects those misconceptions to help people keep out of trouble. The myths there busted in this episode are:


    The Child Support Guidelines are just Guidelines, you don’t have to follow them
    The Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines are the law and when the formula produces a numbers, there must be spousal support.
    After separation, spousal support changes when the payor's income changes, just like spousal support
    Support is based only on what a person’s total income is on his or her tax return
    When a parent doesn’t get along with their kids, the court won’t make the kids live with that parent


    A video version of this episode is available on Youtube. Check out episode 85 for four more big things that people get wrong about family law.

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

    85. Four Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Divorce Law

    83. Family Law Strategies That Fail... and Tips to Succeed

    82. Mistakes People Make Doing Their Own Separation Agreement

    81. Can Separated Parents Agree to No Child Support?

    79. ⁠What Am I Legally Required To Do First After Separating? ⁠ 

    71. ⁠The Impact of the Crazy Real Estate Market on Separation & Divorce⁠ 

    60. ⁠Should I Take My Ex to Family Court?⁠ 59. ⁠Why You Won’t Get Custody of the Kids⁠ 

    53. ⁠How to Pay Less Child Support⁠ 

    40. ⁠How to Keep Your Money in Divorce and Separation ⁠ 

    36. ⁠Is Family Court Biased? ⁠ 



    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. Get it here: https://schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html


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    Can Child Support Be Reduced for High Income Earners?

    Can Child Support Be Reduced for High Income Earners?

    In Canada, monthly child support is based on the payor's income and keeps going up as the payor's income goes up. Unlike in some US states, there is no cap on monthly child support payments. For high income earners, monthly child support can be many thousands, even many tens of thousands of dollars each month. Often it can seem that the amount of child support far exceeds what a parent could possibly spend on a child. 

     

    Will Family Court Judges order more child support than a parent could ever spend on the child? In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, looks at some
    factors the court may consider in setting child support for high-income earners - and perhaps even ordering less than the table amount for monthly support. A video version of this episode is available on YouTube.

     

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

    81 -Can Parents Agrees to No Child Support?  https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/81-can-separated-parents-agree-to-no-child-support/

    79 - What Am I Legally Required To Do First After Separating?
    - https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/79-what-am-i-legally-required-to-do-first-after-separating/

    76 - Why Your Income for Taxes May Not Be Your Income for
    Child Support (or Spousal Support) - https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/76-why-your-income-for-taxes-may-not-be-your-income-for-child-support-or-spousal-support/

    66 - How to Change Child Support - 66-how-to-change-child-support

    54 - Child Support Does Not End at Age 18 - https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/54-child-support-does-not-end-at-age-18/

    53 - How to Pay Less Child Support - https://youtu.be/mmm-GO1bhkc

    44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially If You Divorce? - https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/44-can-you-be-better-off-financially-if-you-divorce/

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce - https://www.schumanlaw.ca/podcast/40-how-to-keep-your-money-in-separation-and-divorce/

    10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada: Who Pays and How Much?
    - http://www.schumanlaw.ca/ontario-family-law-podcast/10---child-support-in-ontar.html

     

    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. Get it here: http://www.schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html




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    • 15 min
    Can You Be Legally Separated and Not Know It?

    Can You Be Legally Separated and Not Know It?

    Spouses and parents who feel their marriage or relationship is trouble, frequently ask about how go about getting a legal separation. But some of them may be legally separated already, even if they do not know it!

    There are no formal steps that anyone has to take to separate from their spouse. However, the date of a couple separates can be very important, especially for married couples and can really affect how thing work out, especially financially.

    Since the date of separation is not necessarily the date that one spouse moves out, in this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how to know if you are separated.

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

    83 - Family Law Strategies that Fail … and tips to succeed in divorce
    81 - Can Separated Parents Agree to No Child Support?
    78 - What Am I Legally Required To Do First After Separating?
    76 - Why Your Income for Taxes May Not Be Your Income for Child Support
    71 - How the Crazy Real Estate Market Affects Divorce and Separation
    66 - How to Change Child Support

    53 - How to Pay Less Child Support

    52 - How Are Pensions Divided in 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. Get it here: http://www.schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html


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    • 7 min
    Illegal Punishments for Children in Canada

    Illegal Punishments for Children in Canada

    What types of child punishments are against the law? The answer is surprising.



    There are many perspectives on the appropriate way to discipline children. But, in Canada, not all forms of child discipline are allowed.  Using some forms of discipline can get parents, caregivers, or teachers into serious trouble.  They can be sent to jail or a children’s aid society, or parents can have their children taken away because of how a child was punished.  However, what child punishments are actually illegal may different than people think.  Some forms of corporal punishment are allowed, while other types of punishments are not. 

     

    In this edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains what punishments for children are illegal in Canada, and which ones are not. He goes over the rules for corporal punishment.  John also explains what punishments will cause a children’s aid society to open an investigation and, potentially, try to take the kids away and what punishments could lead to criminal charges. A video version of this episode is available on YouTube.

     

    If you find this episode helpful or informative, check out these previous episodes:

     

    75. When Can You Legally Stop Your Ex From Seeing the Kids?

    70 – Do You Have A Duty to Report to the Children’s Aid Society

    59 – Why You Won’t Get Custody of Your Kids

    28 - What to Do When a Children’s Aid Society Calls Doing a Child Abuse Investigation

    27 - Domestic Violence – The Critical Information to Get Help and Protection

     

    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. Get it here: http://www.schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html


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    • 10 min
    Why Online Separation Agreements Suck: Online Separation Agreements Can Have Many Critical Legal Errors

    Why Online Separation Agreements Suck: Online Separation Agreements Can Have Many Critical Legal Errors

    Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, looked at separation agreements sold online and found they were full of basic errors in law.  People buy these agreements looking for a quick and easy way to bring finality and certainty to their separation.  But instead, these agreements contain many serious legal errors that can render the agreement useless and put the separated spouses, and their children, in jeopardy.



    In this edition of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, goes over an online separation agreement from a Canadian company and explains some of the largest legal errors contained in it.  He shows how the agreement gets basic legal concepts wrong with respect to:

    ·      Parenting/child custody

    ·      Child support

    ·      Financial Disclosure

    ·      Spousal support

    ·      Pension division

    ·      Tax implications of separation



    Do not use an online separation agreement, and certainly do not pay for one, until after viewing this episode.   This episode could also be the next installment in the “Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Divorce Law” series and is a useful refresher on several basic Ontario Family Law concepts, even for people who would not use an online separation agreement.  As John points out, using these online separation agreements may be the same, or worse, than having no written agreement at all.



    A video version of the podcast, which shows the separation agreement describes is available on Youtube.



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

    ·      85. 4 Things That People Get Wrong About Divorce Law

    ·      83. Family Law Strategies that Fail … and tips to succeed in divorce

    ·      82. Mistakes People Make When Doing Their Own Separation Agreement

    ·      81. Can Separated Parents Agree to No Child Support?

    ·      79. What Am I Legally Required To Do First After Separating?

    ·      72. Why a Judge Might Refuse to Grant Your Divorce

    ·      59. Why You Won’t Get Custody of the Kids

    ·      54. Child Support Does Not End at Age 18

    ·      52. How Are Pensions Divided in Divorce?

    ·      42. How to Get a “Legal Separation” 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. Get it here: ⁠http://www.schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html


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    • 13 min
    4 Things People Get Wrong About Divorce Law

    4 Things People Get Wrong About Divorce Law

    A lot of information posted on the internet about Family Law is simply wrong, often posted by people who lost their case. There are clearly a lot of serious misconceptions about Family Law out there from how property is divided to what being common law means, to parenting to support matters. People who have bad information can make bad decisions. So, in this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, a trusted source of about Ontario Family Law, Certified Specialist Lawyer John Schuman, will go over some things that ordinary people get WRONG about Family Law.

    This episode covers why the following four statements are completely wrong:
    1. Separated Spouses Divided Their Assets 50/50
    2. Being Common Law is the Same as Being Married
    3. 12-Year-Old Children Get To Decide With Which Parent They Want to Live
    4. It is East to Hide Income or Assets in Family Court

    If you found this episode interesting or helpful, you might also be interested in these episodes:
    79. What Am I Legally Required To Do First After Separating?
    71. The Impact of the Crazy Real Estate Market on Separation & Divorce
    60. Should I Take My Ex to Family Court?
    59. Why You Won’t Get Custody of the Kids
    53. How to Pay Less Child Support
    40. How to Keep Your Money in Divorce and Separation
    36. Is Family Court Biased?
    34. Disclosure in Family Law

    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. Get it here: http://www.schumanlaw.ca/family-law-guide.html




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    • 9 min

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I have to listen to him in reduced speed because he talks far too fast. The sound effects are so distracting and very unnecessary! Due to these issues, I can only give 2 stars. Please stop adding these sound effects. I want to hear and concentrate on the information, not the silly and annoying sounds. The content is very good and helpful, otherwise.

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