Imputing Income: An art or a science?

Law Society of Upper Canada | Advanced Issues in Spousal Support | September 30, 2016

George Karahotzitis and Melanie Larock, best family law lawyers “Imputed income matters. The reason why income had to be imputed matters.”1 The imputation of income is a determination of fact, not a guess or a provisional amount while waiting for better disclosure or further review.2 While the goal of the Child Support Guidelines is to maximize objectivity, predictability and consistency, Section 19(1) is one of … Continued

Issues of Privilege in Evidence for Family Proceedings

Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Evidence in Family Proceedings | Osgoode Professional Development | May 9, 2016

George Karahotzitis and Melanie Larock, best family law lawyers As our Court of Appeal stated in National Post v. Canada, “privilege” is an exception to the fundamental proposition that everyone has a general duty to give evidence relevant to a matter before the Courts. A privilege is recognized only where required by an overriding societal interest.[1] Claims of privilege are concerned with different types … Continued

Evidence at Trial: Making Your Case

Osgoode Professional Development | Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Evidence in Family Proceedings | May 9, 2016

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Family Law Pleadings

10th Annual Family Law Summit | April 12, 2016

George Karahotzitis and Melanie Larock, best family law lawyers Proper pleadings are essential in all litigation, including family law litigation. Pleadings define the matters in issue and the scope of disclosure and questioning under the Family Law Rules.  The pleading is one of the most important documents that will be prepared yet the art of a carefully and properly drafted pleading is becoming a … Continued

Lessons from the Court: Pensions, Costs of Disposition, Restraining Orders Under Sec. 12 of the FLA and Other Interesting Property Issues

Osgoode Professional Development | 5th Annual Complex Issues in Property and Equalization | March 7, 2016

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A Conversation Between Judge and Counsel: Enforcement of Support, Motions to Change and Rescission of Support Arrears

Osgoode Professional Development | 5th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support | October 5, 2015

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Expert Reports: Recent Issues

4th Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support Seminar | November 13, 2014

Patrick Schmidt and Melanie Larock family lawyers A great deal has been written about expert reports as a result of the implementation of Rule 53.03 of the Rules of Civil Procedure and subsequently Rule 20.1 of the Family Law Rules. The amendments to the rules in relation to experts was a codification of the existing common law and a reminder to the … Continued

Single Retained Experts under Rule 20.1(3) of the Family Law Rules

The Law Society of Upper Canada | Family Law Summit | May 7, 2013

Property Issues in Family Law

The Law Society of Upper Canada | March 20, 2013

George Karahotzitis and Melanie Larock, best family law lawyers Many claim that Kerr v. Baranow invented a new claim and established the “joint family venture” as a way of proving unjust enrichment. There is nothing new about the notion of a joint family venture in which both parties contribute to their overall accumulation of wealth. View PDF of presentation.

Litigation or ADR

Advocates’ Society Family Law Practice Group Luncheon Series | November 1, 2012

Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support

Osgoode Professional Development Program | September 21, 2012

Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization

Osgoode Professional Development Program | April 3, 2012

Fact Situation and Expert Reports

The Law Society of Upper Canada | Conduct of the Family Law Trial | March 2, 2012

Spousal Support: Variation, Retroactive Claims and Income Fluctuations

Osgoode Professional Development program "Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Child and Spousal Support" | September 26, 2011

Patrick Schmidt and George Karahotzitis, best matrimonial lawyeres 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

Evidentiary Issues in Family Law Re Experts Reports

The Law Society of Upper Canada | Family Law Summit | June 11, 2009

Experts in Family Law Proceedings – Cross-Examination of Expert Demo

Osgoode Hall Professional Development | April 16, 2008

Support for the Adult Child and the Ever-Expanding Interpretation of “Child” Under The Child Support Guidelines

LSUC - Advanced Roundtable Series – Family | February 21, 2008