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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.

    Student’s Rights During COVID-19

    Student’s Rights During COVID-19

    The pandemic has brought massive changes to Ontario’s education system.  This shake-up has left parents with a lot of questions about whether their children still have rights within the school system. In a public school system struggling to cope with all the extra COVID19 related demands it can be hard to get schools administrators and teachers to find time for parent’s concerns. While there have been big changes due to the pandemic, students do have rights even still.   Although, those rights are not always the ones that parents wish they their children had.  This episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast explains what rights students have during the pandemic.

    In this Episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, Education Lawyer,  which is also available as a video on YouTube, education lawyer, John Schuman answers the questions about what Ontario Law guarantees to students  during the pandemic and what protections they have if things go wrong.  In addition to covering what lights students have to attend in-person learning at their local school, this episode reveals what the minimum educational education standards are in the province and sets.  It also discusses what rights that students with special needs, and students who are victims of bullying, can continue to expect even during labour disruptions affecting their school.

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

    22 - Children’s Rights in Ontario Schools

    38 - Ontario Private Schools, Standards and Education Law 

    39 - What Ontario Public Schools Must Do About Bullying

    49 - Can Parents Get Private School Tuition Back Due to COVID-19?

    Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on all aspects of children’s law, education law, children’s rights, family law, divorce and separation issues.  Please feel free to share this podcast with your social network using the sharing buttons below.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is an Education Lawyer with more than 20 years experience, practicing in Toronto.


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    • 7 min
    Could I Have To Pay Child Support to My Spouse’s Ex?

    Could I Have To Pay Child Support to My Spouse’s Ex?

    Blended families are becoming more and more common as parents find new partners after the end of an earlier relationship.  Some of those new partners can be reluctant to start a relationship with some who already has kids.  That can make things complicated, especially as it often means the ex may still be hanging about.  But, a BIG concern of many people considering starting a relationship with someone who is already a parent is whether becoming that parent’s spouse will mean becoming liable for that parent’s child support obligation.   New spouse’s should not be liable for their partner’s child support obligation.  But, the legal answer is more complicated.

    When a person marries, or starts a relationship, with someone who has kids from a previous relationship, that person can be on the hook, directly or indirectly, to that partner’s ex.  In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, which is also available as a video on YouTube, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains how that can happen, and how to avoid pay child support to a new partner’s ex.

    If you enjoyed this episode, you will want to check out these ones:

    12 - How Step Parents and Grand Parents Can Be on the Hook for Child Support

    4 - How to Have An Enforceable Marriage Contract in Ontario

    8 - How Your Heart Can Get You Into Trouble

    9 - How Property is Divided After a Marriage in Ontario

    10 - Child Support in Ontario/Canada

    11 - Child Support’s Special and Extraordinary Expenses

    20 - What Living Common Law Means (and What It Doesn’t)

    29 - Common Law Separation and Property Division

    53 - How to Pay Less Child Support


    And listen to this radio program, and watch this TV News Story on grandparents being sued for child support.

    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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    • 7 min
    Can you get divorced in Canada?

    Can you get divorced in Canada?

    A lot of people either come to Canada married to someone else, or leave Canada to get married and then come back.  When problems develop in their marriage, they wonder if they can get divorced in here, or if they have to go back to where they were married. Sometimes the spouse still lives abroad, which raises the question as to whether Canada can grant the divorce, or the other country must. This episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, which is also available as a video on YouTube, explains when spouses can get divorced in Canada, and when they cannot.

    If you were married outside of Canada, or your spouse currently lives outside of Canada, in this podcast, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains what you need to do to get your divorce. The explanation includes what determines in which country spouses can get their divorce and what criteria they have to meet to get their divorce in Canada.  It also explains the steps for getting a divorce in Canada when one spouse lives somewhere else, as well as going over how Ontario Family Courts will make orders for separated couples for things like parenting, child custody, child support, spousal support and property division -  even when a divorce is not possible.

    If you enjoyed this episode, check out these ones:

    1.    Separation and First Decisions

    2.    Deciding How to Resolve Matters After Separation

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

    9.    How is Property Divided After a Marriage in Ontario

    10.  Child Support - Who Pays and How Much?

    26.  Immigration Law Consequences of Separation and Divorce

    40.  How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

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

    51.  Who Pays the Costs of an Ontario 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.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to separation or divorce, the financial considerations in those circumstances or parenting concerns should rely on both this podcast and the book for easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their situation.


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    • 11 min
    Child Support Does Not End at Age 18

    Child Support Does Not End at Age 18

    Many parents are under the mistaken belief that child support ends in Canada when a child turns 18 years old.  Some even base their financial planning around being unburdened with child support when their offspring reaches voting age.   Parent can be shocked to learn that child support obligations can continue long after their children reach the age of majority – in some cases much longer.  Child support is often a hot topic. Many parents resent having to pay it and want it to end as soon as possible.

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, which is also available as a video on YouTube, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains when and why parents can be on the hook for child support when their children are adults.

    Unlike several jurisdictions of the United States, child support in Canada does not automatically end for a child when he or she turns 18 years old.  In Canada, child support continues for children after their 18th birthday in one of two circumstances:


    When the child is disabled, such that he or she remains financially dependent on his or her parents and cannot obtain employment or other income that is adequate to meet his or her needs
    When that child is enrolled full-time in a program of education.

    However, even in these circumstances, child support can change and in many instances be reduced below what it was when the child was less than 18 years old.  In this episode, senior family lawyer, John Schuman, explains the specifics of what qualifies a child to receive support after age 18 (and what does not) and how child support can be changed.

    If you enjoyed this episode, you will want to check out these ones:

    53 - How to Pay Less Child Support

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

    40 - How to Keep Your Money in Separation and Divorce

    36 - Is Family Court Biased?

    34 - Disclosure in Family Law Cases

    32 - How to Change a Support Order

    14-16 Ontario Family Court Step-By-Step

    12 - How Step Parents Can Be on the Hook for Child Support

    11 - Child Support's Special and Extraordinary Expenses

    10 -  Child Support in Ontario and Canada




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    • 12 min
    How Are Pensions Divided in Divorce?

    How Are Pensions Divided in Divorce?

    Pensions can be great to allow people to retire.  But, they can cause a lot of stress in divorce. People who work in the public service, such a First Responders, health care workers, and other government employees often have pensions as part of their compensation.  Although, many do not realize how valuable the pension is until they retire, or until they divorce and substantial value of the pension becomes something to be divided with the ex.

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, which is also available as a video on YouTube, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains the often misunderstood Family Law concepts of when pensions are divided in separation and divorce, how to go about doing so, and the options separating spouses have when dealing with pensions at the end of a marriage.

    If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following 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
    25 - Family Law for First Responders
    9 - How is Property Divided After a Marriage 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.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to separation or divorce, the financial considerations in those circumstances or parenting concerns should rely on both this podcast and the book for easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.  The book also covers all the other related family law issues, such as child support, spousal support, property division and restraining orders.  

    Thousands of people tune into the Ontario Family Law Podcast to get valuable pointers on family law, divorce and separation issues.  The host of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, John Schuman, is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, practicing in Toronto.


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    • 8 min
    Who Pays the Costs of an Ontario Divorce?

    Who Pays the Costs of an Ontario Divorce?

    One of the things people worry most about when separating is the cost of getting divorced. The cost of going to Family Court can be very high.  There can also be other expenses outside of court - fees charged by the Court, and fees charged by lawyers, accountants, mediators and other professionals.  When divorces get complicated and nasty, the fees can run hundreds of thousands of dollars. Separating spouses want to know what those costs are and which spouse will pay them. Often, separating spouses also want to know how to keep those costs down.

    In this episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast, which is also available as a video own YouTube, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, explains the costs of getting a divorce in Ontario, how to keep them down, who pays them and even how one separating spouse can get the other spouse to pay them. This is information everyone contemplating separation should know before making their first decisions.

    If you found this episode helpful or interesting, check out the following episodes :


    44 - Can You Be Better Off Financially if You Divorce?
    42 - How to Get a Legal Separation Agreement
    41 - How to Prepare for Family Mediation
    35 - Keeping Child Custody/Access Cases Out of Court
    34 - Disclosure in Family Law Cases  
    14-16 Ontario Family Court Step by Step 

    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.   Anyone who has to deal with issues related to separation or divorce, the financial considerations in those circumstances or parenting concerns should rely on both this podcast and the book for easy-to-understand information and advice about how the law applies to their case and what are the best ways to address their concerns.




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    • 12 min

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