John Schuman, Ontario Family Lawyer/Divorce Lawyer and Children’s Rights Advocate, on Television

John Schuman, Certified Specialist, Toronto Lawyer, appearing on Television


As an expert in family law and children’s rights, Certified Specialist, John Schuman, does many television appearances to speak about family law, divorce, custody, access, child support, spousal support and property division issues affecting married, common-law, separating and divorcing couples.  Here are some of those TV appearances that both provided important family law information and show John's skills, knowledge and experience as a family lawyer and divorce lawyer.

Are Private Schools Protecting Your Kids? Ontario Education Law Does Not Require It.

Seven percent of Ontario children attend private schools , often because their parents believe they will get a superior education. Those parents rarely understand that  Ontario Education Law allows those private schools to operate outside the standards required of public schools.  Many of the rights that public school students enjoy, such as protection from bullying, certified teachers, standardized discipline and formal assistance for special needs, just do not exist in private schools.  While some private schools exceed public school standards, others do not.  a culture of secrecy can exist at private schools that can hide the suffering of students, even from parents and, as the St. Michael’s College School Scandal showed, from the police. 


The Weekly with Wendy Mesley takes an in-depth look at the difference in protections offers to students in private and public schools and how private schools operate with almost no regulation.  Wendy speaks to Education Lawyer, John Schuman, about just how little education law and government oversight applies to private schools and what that means to the students to attend them.  This is critical information for every parent to understand when considering a private school education for their child. 


More information about Ontario Education Law is available on this page.  For additional information about education law, or to get legal help or protection for your child, contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Why Ontario Private Schools Don’t Have the Same Requirements as Public Schools - Including the Duty to Report Child Abuse



Hundreds of thousands of Ontario Children attend school at Ontario Private Schools.   Despite how many private schools operate in Ontario and how many children attend them, most parents are surprised to learn that Ontario’s Education Act creates almost no rules for private schools.  They do not have to create safe environment for the students, they do not have to hire certified teachers, they do not have to combat bullying.   After covering events in the scandal at St. Michaels’ College School, the Global News Team, explains the very few requirements Private Schools do have to meet.  Then at 28 minutes, Education Lawyer,  John Schuman, explains why private schools may not even have to report some types of child abuse (including sexual child abuse). 


For more on how the rules are different for public and private schools, read this page, which has even more videos explaining these issues. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


John Schuman on The National


The scandal at St. Michael’s College surprised many parents, and many more were shocked at how basic rules the apply to public schools, do not apply to private school.  John Schuman appeared on CBC’s The National, again, in this continuing coverage of the scandal. 


Parents frequently do not understand what rights there children have in private schools, or public schools, or how to best protect their children while at school. To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.



Bullying at Ontario Private School

Bullying and “hazing” has, unfortunately, been a part of school culture for a long time.  This story from a Global News, featuring an interview with Education Lawyer, John Schuman, discusses not only the incident, but the legal responsibilities of schools and educators.  Education Law does create a responsibility for schools to address bullying.  However, the legal requirements for public and private schools in Ontario are very different. Parents need to understand the differences and be cautious when enrolling children in private schools to ensure their children get benefits of a private school education without any serious downsides. John spoke to CBC News Network’s Andrew Nichols about how schools should respond to bullying and how private schools can take a different approach.  That video is below:



This is not the first time that John Schuman has been involved in a serious bullying case.  He spoke to CBC about the serious harm inflicted on a child by bullying at Ontario Public School.  Bullying is never OK, and it is always important to raise the problem with the school immediately. But, when a child has suffered serious physical, emotional or psychological harm due to bullying, it is time to speak to an Education Lawyer to make sure the student gets the supports he or she needs and is able, not only to attend school, but to feel safe and learn there.


To see more about this particular incident, watch this CityTV News Story.


To contact Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call 416-446-5869 or use the contact form below.  You can also comment on this story and video, or share it on your social network using the buttons below.  Sharing is one of the best ways to make sure people who need this information get it.


Should Paramedics Be Criminally Charged If They Do Not Take Someone to Hospital?



Is not taking a patient to hospital more than just negligence? Should paramedics be criminally charged if they don’t? In a case having far reaching implications for first responders, two Hamilton Paramedics have been criminal charges for failing to take a shooting victim to hospital. In this CBC News story, lawyer and paramedic, John Schuman, discusses the issues under Ontario Law and how this case will impact first responders. 


For more about legal issues affecting first responders, check out this video


In addition to being a lawyer (with a Certified Specialist designation), John is a paramedic, and has been a paramedic for more than 25 years.  He and his team are available to assist first responders with their legal issues.  You can contact him by calling 416-446-4036, emailing him, or using the contract form below.


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Grandparents and Child Support

In a controversial Ontario Family Court Case, a Mother of a child sued the child’s grandparents for child support because they wanted continued access to their granddaughter.   Toronto Lawyer, and Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, participated in a panel discussion on the CBC about the impact of this case on Grandparents Rights and Ontario Law. 




2017 #ParamedicRide



In addition to being a lawyer (with a Certified Specialist designation), John is a paramedic, and has been a paramedic for more than 25 years.  Although some may think that to be an odd combination, it really is not. Both are helping professions.  People call on both professionals when they are having some of the most difficult times in their lives and looking for help to make things better.   Both professions provide reassurance to those in needs and try to fix problems as quickly as possible. 


One way the two professions are very different is the amount of personal risk.  Since 1988, 39 paramedics have lost their lives doing their job and many more suffer in silence or have died alone suffering from PTSD or other workplace-related mental health injuries.  To honour them, and to raise money for a notional memorial, John participates in the Paramedic Ride. In this video John discusses both the Paramedic Ride and how being a paramedic led to him being a lawyer. 


Click here to donate to the Paramedic Ride.   To contact John for legal assistance, please call 416-446-5080 or use the form below. 


How to Challenge Your Child’s Suspension or Expulsion from School



Suspending or expelling a child from school are the most severe punishments that can be imposed on a pupil.  Not only do these punishments deprive children of their right to an education, but they also can damage the student’s reputation and affect their future educational prospects. Although school principals and boards are required to impose these punishments only for the most severe type of behaviour, and only after considering whether there are mitigating factors that should lead to a less severe punishment, there are times that they make mistakes and children are wrongly suspended or expelled. 


In this video, Toronto education lawyer, John Schuman, goes over the legal rights that students and parents have when facing a suspension or expulsion from school.  He explains the essential education law that they need to know when facing this serious form of school discipline  It is important for pupils and their parents to understand their rights before making any decisions about  when facing a suspension or expulsion from school.


If your child has been suspended or expelled it, is important to speak to an education lawyer immediately.  The time lines for appeals are short - and there may even be things the lawyer can help you do before bringing an appeal to resolve matters.   Suspensions stay on a student’s records and expulsions obviously not only stay on the student’s record but profoundly affect his or her education.  To contact Ontario Education Lawyer, John Schuman, call the 416-446-5847, email him, of the page, or use the form below.


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What Parents Need to Know About the Ontario Law of Children’s Aid Societies and Child Abuse


Parents are justifiably terrified when they learn that a children’s aid society is investigating them for possibly abusing or neglecting their children.  CAS’s have lots of powers, not just to do investigations, but to take kids away and place them in foster care.  There is always the concern that the CAS may get the information wrong and make a mistake that could harm the children, or unnecessarily damage, separate, or destroy a family. 


Knowing how to act and respond when a children’s aid society calls can really help parents. John Schuman and his team (lawyers Rosemary Gallo and Ira Markovitch)  are experienced child protection lawyers who know how the best ways to interact with a children’s aid society to protect the family and the children.   In this video, John Schuman, goes over the Ontario Family Law that parents should know when interacting with a children’s aid society. 

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28 - What to do when the Children's Aid Society Calls


As we are experts on children protection law, this website has additional information for parents.  See this page on what parents should do when a children’s aid society calls or  listen to the episode of the Ontario Family Law Podcast on the same topic.  This site also has information about how old children need to be to stay home alone, the law of spanking, what to do if the CAS wants to interview your children,  the legal duty of professionals to report child abuse, what grandparents can do if their grandchildren are taken by children’s aid, and what to do if you think your ex is an unfit parent, among many other topics related to child abuse and children’s rights. 


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John Schuman’s book The Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, has additional and more comprehensive information about child protection law and the court process that children’s aid societies use.   The $9.99 eBook is available for IMMEDIATE download from the Canadian Kindle StoreKobo or from iTunes for iPad, iPhone and Mac, or you can order the paperback.  That easy-to-understand book explains Ontario child protection proceedings and gives advice on how to get what you want in child protection court (as well as explaining the basics of most other issues in Ontario Family Law).

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John and his team are quick to act in child protection cases to prevent the children from being lost in “limbo,” while their knowledge of the area allows them to be thorough and ensure that all parties fulfill their responsibilities.  John’s team also provides advice and direction to clients about what to do out of the courtroom to make the most favourable impression on judges and succeed in the courtroom. Unfortunately, the rapid and comprehensive approach taken by John and his team does not work well within the Legal Aid framework.   We are not able to accept legal aid certificates on these matters and our initial retainers start at $7500.00, which allows out team to focus quickly on your case and do what needs to be done rapidly - usually before the first court appearance (this page explains why acting fast is critical).   Book a consultation with us by calling 416-446-5847, emailing John, or using the form below.  The cost for a consultation with John is $350.00 + HST.


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How To Stay Out of Court for Your Divorce


There was a time when getting a divorce meant both spouses had to go to court.  Those times are gone because many people, including Family Court Judges, have realized that Family Court is often not the best place for families to work out their issues and figure out how to move on with their lives, while protecting their kids from harmful conflict. For most people, going to court is the worst option for resolving matters after separation.  It is only in a few, more extreme, situation where Court is necessary.   Separated spouses can live much happier lives, while spending less time and much less money, if they pick the process option that is best for them.


In this video, Certified Specialist in Family Law,  Mediator, Arbitrator, Collaborative Lawyer and experienced court trial lawyer, John Schuman, goes over the options to court and explains how they may work best for you.  In previous videos, John explained the Family Court Procedure (step by step) and how what happens at family mediation.   If you are separated or separating, then you must know and understand your options. Choosing how you are going to work things out with your ex can dramatically affect how things turn out and how you live the rest of your life.  Make sure pick the path that will work best for you (and your kids) by watching these videos and having going over your options with an excellent family lawyer who can make sure you decisions are the best ones in your particular situation.

 

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For a more comprehensive, and comprehendible, explanation of both Family Court, and all there alternatives so you can work out what is best for you, get John’s best selling, easy-to-understand book on the Basics of Ontario Family Lawwhich fully explains family court and the family court process, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and collaborative practice.  The book is available both as paperback, and for immediate download as a $9.99 e-book for KindleKobo, or iPad/iPhone/Mac.  


Obviously, there can be a lot of money involved in child support cases  and only could really help a child with his or her needs (or not).  You need to get the help of a lawyer immediately to avoid financial hardship.  Contact Certified Specialist in Family Law (and author of the book above), John Schuman, by emailing him, calling 416-446-5847, or using the contact form below.  We answer all inquiries promptly and we can arrange for you to come in quickly for a consultation (charged at a reduced hourly rate).


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