Family Law Guide

For 10 years, the best-selling Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law has helped thousands of people through some of the most difficulties in their lives with clear, straightforward, explanations and tips about Ontario Family Law Issues (such as child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, marriage contracts and children’s aid societies) and about Family Court and the alternatives to court (mediation, arbitration, collaborative practice and the Ontario online child support service).

Whether you are getting married, separating, divorcing, changing a family law agreement or court order, or involved with a children’s aid society, knowing how the Ontario Family Law System works and how to avoid some of its dangers really helps.  In the expanded and updated fourth edition of the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, Certified Specialist in Family Law, John Schuman, provides clear explanations about the important family law issues that people face every day. A reference for anyone who needs to understand Ontario family law, the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law helps answer questions, clarify the issues, and lessen the stress that is often associated with family law matters. Almost 600 citations show the laws and court decisions that judges, and lawyers used everyday in Family Law. 

John Schuman presents the basics of Ontario family law from start to finish. He reviews marriage contracts and cohabitation agreements: what they are, why you need one, and how to do them properly. He also explains what happens when couples separate, including information on getting divorced, custody, access, parenting concerns, child and spousal support and division of assets and debts. John Schuman explains all options – from negotiation to mediation to collaborative practice, to the Ontario Government On-Line Child Support Calculation Service to going to court – and what to expect with each one. He even explains what to do when a Children’s Aid Society calls and what to do at each step in to court.