First Responders and Family Law

First Responders and Family Law

First Responders and Family Law

Podcast #25 - First Responders and Family Law.

First Responders and Family Law

The Ontario Family Law Podcast deals with issues related to marriage, separation, divorce, child welfare and even some children's rights issues. The main host is John Schuman, who a family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer and is the partner managing the Family Law Group at Devry Smith Frank LLP (DSF). John is also an Ontario paramedic.

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters and other emergency first responders help people every day. They go into difficult situations when others are running away. They work in difficult situations, at difficult hours, and the work often has lasting effects on them. All of this creates unique issues that first responders must address if they separate or divorce (an event that, unfortunately, can be the product of a first responder’s job). As a special support to first responders, this podcast will give some guidance to first responders on the unique issues they face in Ontario family law.

This podcast looks at the special issues that first responder face in the family law matters of child custody and access, parenting plans, child and spousal support, dividing pensions as part of property equalization, the impact of disability payments, and special considerations for first responders in separation and divorce.

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[Podcast #25] First Responders and Family Law

This podcast has been designed as a special support for police offers, firefighters, paramedics and other first responders going through the difficult times that accompany family law matters. John would like them to know #ivegotyourback911.

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This podcast was provided for general information only. It does not constitute legal advice with regard to any specific situation.