Gary Joseph
Gary, Managing Partner at MacDonald & Partners LLP, is a certified specialist in family law with an LL.M. in constitutional law. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1978 and is also a member of the Alberta bar. He has extensive trial and appellate experience at all levels of our courts in both Ontario and Alberta and has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been reported in over 200 Family Law decisions at all levels at the courts.

A highly respected family law practitioner, Mr. Joseph also lectures frequently in family law, has been an instructor in family law for the Bar Admission course and has published many articles on family law and is now the principal author for Handling a Family Law Matter in Ontario and the Family Law Litigation handbook, both published by Carswell. He is a founding lecturer for the Family Information Session program of the Superior Court of Justice and was recognized by the Chief Justice for his efforts in this regards. He has recently been noted as one of the top 50 family law lawyers in the country by Lawday, an international publication.

Mr. Joseph’s out of office interests include mountain biking, golf, sailing and skiing. He is an avid reader of both fiction and biographies.

Blog Entries by Gary Joseph

A Man With Two Spouses Dies -- Who Gets the Money?

(7) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 11:54 AM

The recent decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal in the case of Carrigan v. Carrigan Estate has caused quite a media frenzy.

The case involved a contest between the late Ronald Carrigan's legal spouse and his live-in common spouse over pension benefits accruing to the spouse of...

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Why You Shouldn't Be Your Own Lawyer

(4) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 11:20 AM

The cost of dental services continues to rise. Only a small percentage of our population has the advantage of a benefits plan to cover all or at least part of the cost. It is well accepted that good dental hygiene contributes to a person's overall health. Consider how the various...

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Canada Should Follow Britain's Lead When it Comes to Divorce Law

(2) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:27 PM

Our common law system of justice comes from the British model. As a former colony we adopted many of the ways and means of their system of courts, governance and law. Recently, Great Britain has taken enormous strides in law reform and in rationalizing the legal system to address current...

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The Quebec Divorce Case with Canada-Wide Implications

(11) Comments | Posted July 21, 2012 | 8:26 AM

The Supreme Court of Canada still has under review the appeal from the Quebec Court of Appeal decision in the case known as Eric v. Lola.

This is the Quebec common law case between the billionaire businessman and his Brazilian beauty queen-like common law spouse.

The issue that...

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The Divorce Law Biz Is Booming And Here's Why

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 6:44 PM

We are marrying less. In court I continually see relationships breaking down. What's going on?

One of the perks of practising family law is that it allows you to experience social change first hand.

In my 35th year of practice, I am witnessing what I believe to be a tidal...

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