How much does divorce cost in Toronto?

The typical cost for divorce in Toronto ranges from $1,900.00 for uncontested divorce to $12,500.00 to $250,000.00 for a contested divorce.  How much you will end up paying your divorce lawyer depends on several factors including the following: Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested? Your divorce lawyer’s hourly rate? The number of contested issues in your divorce case Whether your expectations of the outcome of your divorce case are realistic or not? Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested?…

Family Law Court Costs

As a family lawyer or divorce lawyer, it is important to be mindful when conducting your client’s case to ensure that you obtain maximum court costs for your successful client. In O’Brien v. Chuluunbaatar, 2019 ONCJ 882 (CanLII), a mobility case that I successfully represented the mother, the judge reviewed the factors that must be considered in determining which litigant in a family law proceeding should be awarded costs, and in what amount. Cost orders are governed by rule 24 of…

Spousal Support Variation – Reduction in Payor’s Income Upon Retirement – Case Review: Wright v Lavoie, 2016 ONSC 3909 (CanLii)

By way of background, the parties separated in October 2010 after an 11 year common law relationship. They resolved their issues after a lengthy court battle. The wife was granted, by way of Hon. Gauthier‘s order of November 19, 2014, spousal support in the amount of $1,597 per month. Upon retirement at less than 60 years old, the husband commenced a variation proceeding of the spousal support order claiming material change in circumstances due to reduction in income and requesting…

Custody – Parent v Other

Subsection 24(2)(h) of the Children’s Law Reform Act that outlines a number of factors determining the best interest of the child, requires the court to consider the child’s relationship by blood or through the adoption order between the child and each person who is a party to the application. It should be noted that the section does not create a presumption in favour of biological parents. Often the applicants for custody in a court proceeding are biological parents making the…

Court’s Treatment of Custody Access Agreements

When potential clients engage my services, I generally encourage them to explore settlement resolution of their case before commencing court proceedings if parties are unable to reach an agreement. Settling custody/access by way of agreement has a lot of benefits including saving time and cost. Additionally, I find that parties feel empowered if they reach an agreement regarding their children’s lives by themselves instead of having a stranger, like a judge, who generally has limited information about the family making…