Practice Highlights

In January of 2019, after 34 years with Thomson Rogers, Patrick Schmidt retired from the firm.

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Patrick D. Schmidt was admitted to The Law Society of Ontario in 1979 and Certified as a Specialist in Family Law since 1992. He had a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto (1974) and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University Faculty of Law (1977). Patrick Schmidt was a senior family law practitioner and a partner at Thomson Rogers in Toronto.

The Best Lawyers in Canada included Patrick in its annual listing since the publication’s first edition in 2006; The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory ranked him as Consistently Recommended. His rating in LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell was BV distinguished – very high.

Patrick Schmidt’s practice concentrated on matrimonial litigation with a focus on financial issues. He was a frequent presenter at continuing legal education and advocacy programs. Patrick Schmidt is a former appointee of the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario to the Ontario Family Law Rules Committee (1992–2004 and 2012-2016) and the Ontario Civil Rules Committee (2005–2011).  He was a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario and Canadian Bar Associations.

Patrick retired from practice in 2019.


  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto (1974)
  • Bachelor of Laws, Queens University Faculty of Law (1977)

Professional Accreditations and Affiliations

  • LEXPERT Ranked Lawyer
  • Listed in Best Lawyers® Canada since 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell Ranked Lawyer
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • The Canadian Bar Association
  • The Family Law Rules Committee for Ontario (1992-2004)
  • The Civil Rules Committee for Ontario
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association
  • The International Academy of Family Lawyers
  • Dispute Resolution Officer of the Superior Court of Justice

Additional Information

Additional Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
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  • Patrick has worked on the following notable cases:

    Case Name & CitationCourtJudgment DateSource
    1Lindstrom c. Knowles, [2014] C.S.C.R. no 161CASCC2014/04/14Supreme Court of Canada Rulings on Applications for Leave to Appeal and Other Motions
    2Knowles v. Lindstrom, [2014] O.J. No. 695ONCA2014/02/13Ontario Judgments
    3Jordan v. Stewart, [2013] O.J. No. 3707ONSupCtJus2013/08/15Ontario Judgments
    4Knowles v. Lindstrom, [2013] O.J. No. 2439ONSupCtJus2013/05/15Ontario Judgments
    5Jordan v. Stewart, [2013] O.J. No. 903ONSupCtJus2013/03/01Ontario Judgments
    6Jordan v. Stewart, [2012] O.J. No. 2355ONSupCtJus2012/05/28Ontario Judgments
    7Thompson v. Thompson, [2011] O.J. No. 6259ONSupCtJus2011/11/15Ontario Judgments
    8Johanns v. Fulford, [2011] O.J. No. 4749ONSupCtJus2011/10/26Ontario Judgments
    9Johanns v. Fulford, [2011] O.J. No. 4071ONSupCtJus2011/09/14Ontario Judgments
    10Johanns v. Fulford, [2011] O.J. No. 3121ONSupCtJus2011/07/06Ontario Judgments
    11D’Alimonte v. Porretta, [2011] O.J. No. 1794ONCA2011/04/20Ontario Judgments
    12Slater v. Slater, [2011] O.J. No. 417ONSupCtJus2011/02/02Ontario Judgments
    13Johanns v. Fulford, [2010] O.J. No. 6320ONCtJus2010/12/21Ontario Judgments
    14D.J. v. S.F., [2010] O.J. No. 6158ONCtJus2010/11/02Ontario Judgments
    15Slater v. Slater, [2010] O.J. No. 4508ONSupCtJus2010/10/22Ontario Judgments
    16Anderson v. McWatt, [2010] O.J. No. 2106ONSupCtJus2010/05/20Ontario Judgments
    17Slater v. Slater, [2010] O.J. No. 791ONSupCtJus2010/03/01Ontario Judgments
    18Takhar v. Takhar, [2009] O.J. No. 5598ONSupCtJus2009/11/23Ontario Judgments
    19Anderson v. McWatt, [2009] O.J. No. 4981ONSupCtJus2009/11/19Ontario Judgments
    20Gold v. Gold, [2009] O.J. No. 4000ONSupCtJus2009/09/29Ontario Judgments
    21Takhar v. Takhar, [2009] O.J. No. 3882ONSupCtJus2009/09/14Ontario Judgments
    22Pengilley v. Pengilley, [2009] O.J. No. 3227ONSupCtJus2009/07/28Ontario Judgments
    23Van de Mierden v. Van de Mierden, [2009] O.J. No. 2453ONSupCtJus2009/06/11Ontario Judgments
    24Van De Mierden v. Van De Mierden, [2009] O.J. No. 2865ONSupCtJus2009/05/14Ontario Judgments
    25Bruce v. Bruce, [2008] O.J. No. 5708ONSupCtJus2008/11/05Ontario Judgments
    26Citron v. Citron, [2008] O.J. No. 5468ONSupCtJus2008/10/02Ontario Judgments
    27Green v. Green, [2008] O.J. No. 3778ONSupCtJus2008/09/29Ontario Judgments
    28Both v. Both, [2008] O.J. No. 3333ONSupCtJus2008/09/02Ontario Judgments
    29Stewart v. Stewart, [2008] O.J. No. 3478ONSupCtJus2008/08/27Ontario Judgments
    30Stewart v. Stewart, [2008] O.J. No. 4828ONSupCtJus2008/07/18Ontario Judgments
    31Vranich v. Vranich, [2008] O.J. No. 3765ONSupCtJus2008/07/18Ontario Judgments
    32Zafir v. Diamond, [2008] O.J. No. 1370ONSupCtJus2008/04/09Ontario Judgments
    33Lynch v. Segal, [2007] O.J. No. 4983ONSupCtJus2007/12/19Ontario Judgments
    34Reisman v. Reisman, [2007] O.J. No. 5449ONSupCtJusDivCt2007/12/10Ontario Judgments
    35Green v. Green, [2007] O.J. No. 4613ONSupCtJus2007/11/27Ontario Judgments
    36J.C. v. A.M.M., [2007] O.J. No. 3887ONSupCtJus2007/09/26Ontario Judgments
    37Elieff v. Elieff, [2007] O.J. No. 1802ONSupCtJus2007/05/07Ontario Judgments
    38Jordan v. Stewart, [2007] O.J. No. 1359ONSupCtJus2007/04/12Ontario Judgments
    39Green v. Green, [2007] O.J. No. 454ONSupCtJus2007/02/08Ontario Judgments
    40Balkou v. Morgan, [2007] O.J. No. 359ONSupCtJus2007/02/02Ontario Judgments
    41Strobele v. Strobele, [2006] O.J. No. 4580ONCA2006/11/17Ontario Judgments
    42Strobele v. Strobele, [2006] O.J. No. 4220ONCA2006/10/24Ontario Judgments
    43Weinrib v. Baker, [2006] O.J. No. 3470ONSupCtJus2006/08/29Ontario Judgments
    44Thomson v. Ludwick, [2006] O.J. No. 3707ONSupCtJusFam Ct2006/06/30Ontario Judgments
    45Weinrib v. Baker, [2006] O.J. No. 2713ONSupCtJus2006/04/28Ontario Judgments
    46Belittchenko v. Belittchenko, [2006] O.J. No. 5493ONSupCtJus2006/04/12Ontario Judgments
    47Murray v. Murray, [2005] S.C.C.A. No. 481CASCC2006/02/23Supreme Court of Canada Rulings on Applications for Leave to Appeal and Other Motions
    48Murray v. Murray [Indexed as: Murray v. Murray], 79 O.R. (3d) 147ONCA2005/12/15Ontario Reports
    49Murray v. Murray, [2005] O.J. No. 5379ONCA2005/12/15Ontario Judgments
    50Munro v. Munro, [2005] O.J. No. 4167ONSupCtJusDivCt2005/09/29Ontario Judgments
    51Lee-Chin v. Lee-Chin, [2005] O.J. No. 4108ONSupCtJus2005/09/26Ontario Judgments
    52Murray v. Murray, [2005] O.J. No. 3564ONCA2005/08/29Ontario Judgments
    53Murray v. Murray, [2005] O.J. No. 3563ONCA2005/08/29Ontario Judgments
    54Murray v. Murray* [Indexed as: Murray v. Murray], 76 O.R. (3d) 546ONCA2005/08/29Ontario Reports
    55Lee-Chin v. Lee-Chin, [2005] O.J. No. 4447ONSupCtJus2005/07/21Ontario Judgments
    56Sciuk v. Sciuk, [2005] O.J. No. 2012ONSupCtJus2005/05/16Ontario Judgments
    57Munro v. Munro, [2005] O.J. No. 821ONSupCtJus2005/03/01Ontario Judgments
    58Boris v. Boris, [2005] O.J. No. 971ONSupCtJus2005/01/04Ontario Judgments
    59Paech v. Paech, [2004] O.J. No. 5067ONSupCtJus2004/12/13Ontario Judgments
    60Munro v. Munro, [2004] O.J. No. 4946ONSupCtJus2004/11/19Ontario Judgments
    61Cundill v. Cundill, [2004] O.J. No. 3903ONSupCtJus2004/09/23Ontario Judgments
    62Munro v. Munro, [2004] O.J. No. 3837ONSupCtJus2004/09/08Ontario Judgments
    63Paech v. Paech, [2004] O.J. No. 3040ONSupCtJusFam Ct2004/07/15Ontario Judgments
    64Agresti v. Hatcher, [2004] O.J. No. 910ONSupCtJus2004/03/04Ontario Judgments
    65M.C.P. v. R.J.P., [2003] O.J. No. 3704ONSupCtJus2003/09/19Ontario Judgments
    66Barrett v. Kouril Estate, [2003] O.J. No. 2376ONSupCtJusDivC t2003/05/27Ontario Judgments
    67Christakos v. Papamanolopoulos, [2003] O.J. No. 1378ONSupCtJus2003/04/22Ontario Judgments
    68Simons v. Buck, [2003] O.J. No. 827ONCA2003/02/28Ontario Judgments
    69Marchese Estate v. Marchese, [2003] O.J. No. 25ONCA2003/01/14Ontario Judgments
    70S.R. v. M.R., [2003] O.J. No. 205ONSupCtJus2003/01/09Ontario Judgments
    71Voce v. Gibson, [2003] O.J. No. 146ONCA2003/01/09Ontario Judgments
    72Voce v. Gibson, [2003] O.J. No. 55ONCA2003/01/09Ontario Judgments
    73Jordan v. Stewart, [2002] O.J. No. 5200ONSupCtJus2002/12/10Ontario Judgments
    74Curtner v. McNally, [2002] O.J. No. 4636ONSupCtJus2002/11/29Ontario Judgments
    75Tennant v. Tennant, [2002] O.J. No. 4333ONCA2002/11/15Ontario Judgments
    76Tennant v. Tennant, [2003] I.L.R. I-4192ONCA2002/11/15Canadian Insurance Law Reporter
    77Tennant v. Tennant [Indexed as: Tennant v. Tennant], 62 O.R. (3d) 185ONCA2002/11/15Ontario Reports
    78R. v. M.R., [2002] O.J. No. 4239ONSupCtJus2002/10/18Ontario Judgments
    79S.R. v. M.R., [2002] O.J. No. 4238ONSupCtJus2002/10/18Ontario Judgments
    80Ramcharitar v. Ramcharitar et al.; Legal Aid Ontario, Intervenor [Indexed as: Ramcharitar v. Ramcharitar], 62 O.R. (3d) 107ONSupCtJus2002/10/18Ontario Reports
    81Jordan v. Stewart, [2002] O.J. No. 3965ONSupCtJus2002/10/11Ontario Judgments
    82Marchese Estate v. Marchese, [2002] O.J. No. 3867ONCA2002/10/11Ontario Judgments
    83Jordan v. Stewart, [2002] O.J. No. 4074ONSupCtJus2002/10/08Ontario Judgments
    84I.H. v. D.M., [2002] O.J. No. 3496ONSupCtJus2002/09/10Ontario Judgments
    85M.C.P. v. R.J.P., [2002] O.J. No. 3283ONSupCtJus2002/08/20Ontario Judgments
    86Simons v. Buck, [2002] O.J. No. 3120ONSupCtJus2002/08/01Ontario Judgments
    87I.H. v. D.M., [2002] O.J. No. 2838ONSupCtJusFam Ct2002/07/16Ontario Judgments
    88Dekroon v. Dekroon, [2002] O.J. No. 2982ONSupCtJus2002/07/09Ontario Judgments
    89S.R. v. M.R., [2002] O.J. No. 1519ONSupCtJus2002/04/09Ontario Judgments
    90Barrett v. Kouril Estate, [2001] O.J. No. 3959ONSupCtJus2001/10/11Ontario Judgments
    91M.C.P. v. R.J.P., [2001] O.J. No. 3042ONSupCtJus2001/07/20Ontario Judgments
    92Tennant v. Tennant, [2001] O.J. No. 3609ONSupCtJus2001/06/18Ontario Judgments
    93Tahor Holdings Ltd. v. 381579 Ontario Ltd., [2001] O.J. No. 2196ONSupCtJus2001/06/06Ontario Judgments
    94Dalgleish v. Dalgleish, [2001] O.J. No. 2187ONSupCtJusFam Ct2001/05/29Ontario Judgments
    95West v. West, [2001] O.J. No. 2149ONSupCtJusFam Ct2001/05/28Ontario Judgments
    96Anderson v. McWatt, [2001] O.J. No. 1429ONCA2001/04/12Ontario Judgments
    97Voce v. Gibson, [2001] O.J. No. 5778ONSupCtJus2001/03/05Ontario Judgments
    98Anderson v. McWatt, [2001] O.J. No. 199ONCA2001/01/23Ontario Judgments
    99Zaffino v. Zaffino, [2000] O.J. No. 4641ONSupCtJus2000/12/06Ontario Judgments
    100S.R. v. M.R., [2000] O.J. No. 4241ONCA2000/11/07Ontario Judgments
    101Voce v. Gibson, [2000] O.J. No. 4467ONSupCtJus2000/11/01Ontario Judgments
    102Spencer v. Spencer, [2000] B.C.J. No. 1313BCSC2000/06/21British Columbia and Yukon Judgments
    103Herman v. Rathbone, [2000] O.J. No. 2417ONSupCtJusFam Ct2000/06/19Ontario Judgments
    104Pevato v. Ashton, [2000] O.J. No. 560ONSupCtJus2000/02/18Ontario Judgments
    105Rathbone Herman v. Rathbone, 46 O.R. (3d) 678ONSupCtJus2000/01/27Ontario Reports
    106Herman v. Rathbone, [2000] O.J. No. 318ONSupCtJus2000/01/27Ontario Judgments
    107Canada Trust v. Off Estate, [1999] O.J. No. 4422ONSupCtJus1999/11/24Ontario Judgments
    108Smith v. Pichler, [1999] O.J. No. 4708ONSupCtJus1999/09/27Ontario Judgments
    109Miller v. Schnier, [1999] O.J. No. 3046ONSupCtJusDivC t1999/06/22Ontario Judgments
    110Miller v. Schnier, [1999] O.J. No. 11ONCtGD1999/01/05Ontario Judgments
    111Stewart v. Ryerson Polytechnic University, [1998] O.J. No. 5277ONCA1998/12/15Ontario Judgments
    112Herman v. Rathbone, [1998] O.J. No. 2295ONCtGDFamCt1998/06/03Ontario Judgments
    113Garden Village Investments Inc. v. Lala, [1996] O.J. No. 467ONCA1996/02/13Ontario Judgments
    114R. v. Schmidt, [1995] B.C.J. No. 2397BCCA1995/10/26British Columbia and Yukon Judgments
    115Chapman v. Chapman, [1993] O.J. No. 1744ONCtGDFamCt1993/07/27Ontario Judgments
    116Dunn v. Estate of Dunn et al. [Indexed as: Dunn v. Dunn Estate], 12 O.R. (3d) 601ONDivCt1993/02/26Ontario Reports
    117Dunn v. Dunn Estate, [1993] O.J. No. 458ONDivCt1993/02/26Ontario Judgments
    118Stavrakos v. Stavrakos, [1992] O.J. No. 1874ONCtGD1992/08/24Ontario Judgments
    119Dunn v. Dunn Estate, [1992] O.J. No. 1276ONCtGD1992/06/18Ontario Judgments
    120Sandra Elaine Dunn v. Estate of Nigel David Dunn, Imperial Life Assurance Co. of Canada and Dunn [Indexed as: Dunn v. Dunn Estate], 9 O.R. (3d) 95ONCtGD1992/06/18Ontario Reports
    121L.A.C. v. R.E.J. (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)), [1992] O.J. No. 654ONCtGD1992/04/02Ontario Judgments
    122Singh v. Singh, [1992] O.J. No. 3123ONCtGDFamCt1992/03/26Ontario Judgments
    123Oxy Petrochemicals Inc. v. Beresford Packaging Inc. (S.C.C.), [1992] S.C.C.A. No. 90CASCC1992/03/02Supreme Court of Canada Rulings on Applications for Leave to Appeal and Other Motions
    124Oxy Petrochemicals Inc. v. Beresford Packaging Inc. (Ont. C.A.), [1992] O.J. No. 71ONCA1992/01/20Ontario Judgments
    125Singh v. Singh, [1992] O.J. No. 35ONCtGDFamCt1992/01/10Ontario Judgments
    126Stravrakos v. Stravrakos, [1991] O.J. No. 1481ONCtGD1991/08/19Ontario Judgments
    127Grafstein v. Chernick, [1990] O.J. No. 1573ONHCJ1990/08/09Ontario Judgments
    128Oliver v. Oliver, [1990] O.J. No. 581ONSC1990/03/09Ontario Judgments
    129Oliver v. Oliver (Master’s Ch.), 72 O.R. (2d) 275ONSC1990/03/09Ontario Reports
    130Children’s Aid Society of Metropolitan Toronto v. P. (J.), [1989] O.J. No. 2564ONProvCtFamD1989/12/13Ontario Judgments
    131Higgott v. Higgott, [1989] O.J. No. 1290ONHCJ1989/07/28Ontario Judgments
    132Casey v. Casey, [1988] O.J. No. 1973ONHCJ1988/12/09Ontario Judgments
    133Bourns v. Bourns, [1988] O.J. No. 1829ONHCJ1988/11/14Ontario Judgments
    134Naumetz v. Naumetz, [1988] O.J. No. 833ONHCJ1988/06/09Ontario Judgments
    135Binkley v. Binkley (Ont. C.A.), [1988] O.J. No. 414ONCA1988/04/28Ontario Judgements
    136Naumetz v. Naumetz, [1988] O.J. No. 197ONHCJ1988/02/08Ontario Judgments
    137Dusome and Maxwell Indexed as: Dusome v. Maxwell (Dist. Ct.), 62 O.R. (2d) 785ONDistCt1987/12/17Ontario Reports
    138Dusome v. Maxwell (Ont. Dist. Ct.), [1987] O.J. No. 1714ONDistCt1987/12/17Ontario Judgments
    139Doblinger v. Doblinger, [1987] O.J. No. 700ONHCJ1987/07/03Ontario Judgments
    140Dusome v. Maxwell, [1987] O.J. No. 1795ONProvCtFamD1987/02/18Ontario Judgments
    141Re Kern and Kern et al., [1986] O.J. No. 2356ONHCJ1986/02/17Ontario Judgments
    142Kern and Kern et al., 54 O.R. (2d) 11ONHCJ1986/02/17Ontario Reports
    143Diamond v. Kaufman, [1985] O.J. No. 1653ONHCJ1985/05/27Ontario Judgments
    144Neilson v. Rustmar Investments Ltd., [1985] O.J. No. 1627ONDistCt1985/03/20Ontario Judgments
    145Diamond v. Kaufman, [1984] O.J. No. 419ONHCJ1984/07/06Ontario Judgments
    146Diamond v. Kaufman, [1984] O.J. No. 452ONHCJ1984/06/08Ontario Judgments
    147Ellman v. Ellman, [1984] O.J. No. 1019ONHCJ1984/01/23Ontario Judgments
    148Tessis v. Tessis, [1983] O.J. No. 773ONProvCtFamD1983/10/20Ontario Judgments
    149Collacott v. Collacott (Ont. C.A.), [1983] O.J. No. 137ONCA1983/09/14Ontario Judgments
    150Elkind v. Elks Stores Ltd., [1983] O.J. No. 460ONSC1983/09/08Ontario Judgments
    151Hart v. Howse (Ont. C.A.), [1983] O.J. No. 100ONCA1983/04/29Ontario Judgments
    152Slipacoff v. Slipacoff et al., [1982] O.J. No. 3325ONHCJ1982/06/10Ontario Judgments
    153Slipacoff v. Slipacoff, [1982] O.J. No. 586ONHCJ1982/06/10Ontario Judgments
    154Slipacoff v. Slipacoff et al., (1982), 37 O.R. (2d) 375ONHCJ1982/06/10Ontario Reports
    155Mintz v. Mintz, [1982] O.J. No. 863ONHCJ1982/04/02Ontario Judgments
    156Income Investments (Wentworth) Ltd. v. Elmore, [1981] O.J. No. 833ONHCJ1981/09/04Ontario Judgments
    157Campbell v. Campbell, [1981] O.J. No. 809ONHCJ1981/08/24Ontario Judgments
    158International Mogul Mines Ltd. v. White & Co. Bailiffs Ltd., [1981] O.J. No. 520ONHCJ1981/03/26Ontario Judgments
    159Chapman v. Chapman, [1980] O.J. No. 1478ONCA1980/11/06Ontario Judgments
    160R. v. Habel, [1980] O.J. No. 2384ONCA1980/10/10Ontario Judgments
    161Nunan v. Nunan, [1980] O.J. No. 1377ONHCJ1980/10/08Ontario Judgments
    162Borins et al. v. Honest Ed’s Ltd., [1980] O.J. No. 3635ONHCJ1980/06/05Ontario Judgments
    163Borins et al. v. Honest Ed’s Ltd., 29 O.R. (2d) 79ONHCJ1980/06/05Ontario Reports
    164R. v. Levkoe, [1980] O.J. No. 657ONHCJ1980/02/26Ontario Judgments
    165Sea-Land Service Inc. v. Knight’s Appleden Fruit Ltd., [1980] O.J. No. 651ONHCJ1980/02/25Ontario Judgments
    166Solmon v. Elkind, [1980] O.J. No. 447ONHCJ1980/01/11Ontario Judgments
    167Solmon v. Elkind, [1979] O.J. No. 984ONHCJ1979/08/28Ontario Judgments


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    This paper addresses three issues related to spousal support. First, various arguments that may be advanced on an application to vary the terms of an agreement related to spousal support that have been incorporated into a court order, where the agreement and court order contain a threshold for a variation of those terms other than … Continued
  • Family Law Motions

    The Advocates’ Society | April 11, 2011

  • Family Law in 2020 –“Advice to Experts who Testify”

    Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Ontario (AFCCO 2010) | October 14, 2010

  • High Conflict Forum – Custody Cases

    University of Toronto | April 28, 2010