Blog: Family Law Process

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR INCOME DECREASES DUE TO COVID-19 AND YOU ARE PAYING SUPPORT

By Allison R. McAlpine During this COVID-19 financial and health crisis in our community many people, unfortunately, are laid off or their income has decreased significantly. This article details the steps that you must take if you are in the Barrie, Ontario area and you need to lower your support during this crisis. If you are paying child support and/or spousal support and your income has been lowered as a result of this COVID-19 crisis, generally, the Family Responsibility Office (FRO) will still collect support from you using their means…

CASE CONFERENCES – USUALLY YOUR FIRST STEP IN FRONT OF A JUDGE

Written by Allison McAlpine After the Pleadings Stage and First Appearance (and any urgent motions) a Case Conference is held. This article provides information relating to Case Conferences in the Barrie, Ontario Family Court and is not meant to apply to other jurisdictions. A Case Conference is held in front of a Family Court Judge. They are at 930am and there are a number of other cases on for 930am.  You will not likely be reached at 930am.  Be prepared to be at Court all day. Purposes of a Case…

URGENT MOTIONS PRIOR TO CASE CONFERENCES

Written By Allison R. McAlpine Our last article dealt with the first step in a family court case being Pleadings and First Appearance. The next step (which most cases do not take) is an urgent motion before a case conference.  Our next article will explain what a case conference is. Generally, under Rule 14 of the Family Law Rules a party cannot bring a motion prior to a case conference except under certain circumstances.  A motion is asking the court for a temporary order (e.g., temporary order for child support,…

I Think My Spouse Owes Me An Equalization Payment; Can I Pay My Legal Fees When I Get That Money?: Contingency Fees and Family Law

Written by Colin A. Steffler There are numerous law firms advertising on television, radio, internet, and elsewhere that claim, “our lawyers only get paid when you get paid” or “no fees unless we win”, or otherwise offer some arrangement where the lawyer’s fees are taken out of any settlement or court judgment obtained. These fees are referred to as “contingency fees”, since the amount payable to the lawyer is “contingent” (that is, it depends) on winning and, typically, also on the size of the settlement or judgment (since contingency fees…

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