It Never Hurts to Be Civil

By John T. Syrtash, Associate, Garfin Zeidenberg LLP, a Toronto family law lawyer for the past 38 years

Q&A By John T. Syrtash, Associate, Garfin Zeidenberg LLP Answers to pressing questions on Family Law.

It never hurts to be civil.

Ontario Court of Appeal because sole custodial parents do very well up there on this issue.

Question: I have a one-year-old child with someone that I no longer have a relationship with not even a civil relationship. All our communication is done via email. He pays his child support on time, but I want something “legal” in writing from him. Do I have to go to court?

Answer: You can either obtain a court order and alienate the guy or you can send him a friendly email – something like “Dear dad of you child who I don’t have a civil relationship with anymore. I think it’s a good idea for both of us to sign a child support agreement to protect both of us. I attach a draft agreement my lawyer prepared. What do you think? It never hurts to be civil. It doesn’t necessarily lead to dancing.

John Syrtash is an associate and family law lawyer with the Toronto firm of GARFIN ZEIDENBERG LLP.

Neither GARFIN ZEIDENBERG LLP nor John Syrtash is liable for any consequences arising from anyone’s reliance on this material, presented as general information and not as a legal opinion.

John T. Syrtash, Associate
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