John P. Schuman, C.S.

Ontario Lawyer

John  P. Schuman, C.S.
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Location: Toronto, ON
Practice Areas: Family Law, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice

"Certified Specialist (Family Law) known for his sensible & effective approach to complex cases."


Family Law, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice

Ontario

20 years

Introduction

John is a Certified Specialist in family law, who is an experienced and respected family lawyer, mediator arbitrator, collaborative lawyer, education lawyer and children's rights lawyer. He is the head of the Family Law Group at Devry Smith Frank LLP, a 50 lawyer full service firm located in Toronto near Lawrence and the Don Valley Parkway and near Highway 401. (A location chosen because it is easy to access from downtown and the "905 area" and has lots of free parking.) John has earned the respect of his clients, judges, mediators and arbitrators for his sensible approach to resolving family law issues, his concern for children, and his understanding of complex financial matters. At paragraph 71 of a court decision, click here, Justice Sherr wrote “Mr. Schuman’s conduct in this case is an example of what lawyers are supposed to do in difficult cases.” John is known for his sensible approach to complex financial matters and his concern for children's rights. John is also the author of the book, the Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, which is available on Amazon. In addition, John has published articles in referred legal journals on the questioning of child witnesses, allegations of abuse when parents have separated, the role children should place in the court process and the rights of children to direct their own medical treatment. John is also the editor of the “Child in the Courtroom” chapter of Wilson on Children and the Law. He is co-author of the Child Protection Proceedings Chapter in Evidence in Family Law. Divorce Source Radio interviewed John on the topic of children in divorce. John makes regular television appearances in relation to family law matters.

English and French

Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law, 2012

Child in the Courtroom Chapter of Wilson on Children & the Law, 2012

Child Protection Chapter of Evidence in Family Law, 2011

John Schuman is Certified Specialist in Family Law. He is an experienced and respected family lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and collaborative lawyer located in Toronto, Ontario. John is the partner managing the Family Law Group at Devry Smith Frank LLP. John's office is located to conveniently serve clients from Toronto, York, Durham, Peel and Halton, although John has handled cases all over Ontario. John has always practiced in the areas of family law and children's rights. He has become known for his sensible approach for resolving complex financial matters and his concerns for children's rights. John has litigated before every level of court in Ontario, several tribunals and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is well respected by judges, mediators and arbitrators. In a reported decision, Justice Sherr wrote“Mr. Schuman’s conduct in this case is an example of what lawyers are supposed to do in difficult cases.” Several of John's cases are seen as important legal precedents and have been reported in law reports. John's cases involving children's rights have been reported in the national media. John is recognized as an expert in family law and children's rights. He is the author of the book "Guide to the Basics of Ontario Family Law", which is designed to help non-lawyers with Family Law problems. It is available through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Devry-Basics-Ontario-Family-Edition/dp/1105271420 . John has also contributed to several prominent legal publications and magazines. John's work on how to question child witnesses remains one of the leading authorities on that topic. His work is listed on his webpage: http://www.devrylaw.ca/family-lawyers/john-p-schuman/

1998 - 1999  Queen's University
LL.M. (Masters of Laws), Child and Family Law

1995 - 1998  University of WIndsor
LL.B. (Law degree)

2013 - 2013  Queen's Univeristy
B.A..H., Polical Studies

1993 - 1995  Loyalist College
A.E.M.C.A., Paramedicine (Ambulance & Emergency Care)

2009 - 2013  Devry Smith Frank LLP
Head of Family Law Group
Family Litigation (court) lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, collaborative lawyer. specializing in difficult children's cases and complex financial matters.

2005 - 2009  Niman Zemans Gelgoot LLP
Associate Family Lawyer
Litigated complex and difficult financial and child-related family law cases.

2004 - 2005  Durham Children's Aid Society
Counsel
Represented and advised the Society in child protection investigations and court proceedings and before administrative tribunals.

2001 - 2004  WIlson Christen LLP
Associate
Acted for clients (adults and children) with respect to the following matters; 1. Family Law 2. Education Law 3. Children's Rights 4. Personal Injury 5. Administrative Hearing

1999 - 2000  Thomson Rogers
Articling Student
Assisted clients with family law and personal injury matters.

1996 - 1998  Ontario Court of Justice
Clerk

1998 - 1999  Queen's University at Kingston, Faculty of Law
Researcher
Developed researched strategies, conducted research and published papers on: The Questioning of Child Witnesses Allegations of Abuse When Parents Have Separated Children's Ability to Consent to Medical Treatment

Devry Smith Frank LLP
95 Barber Greene Road
Suite 100
Toronto, ON
M3C3E9
Fax. 416-449-7071

Video Intro

Here is my latest video. (Keep watching here for more.) This video discusses what role children should play in their parent's divorce. For the previous video on moving away from your ex...
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Here is my latest video. (Keep watching here for more.) This video discusses what role children should play in their parent's divorce. For the previous video on moving away from your ex with the children follow this link: http://youtu.be/9_rVr1rJpH0?t=9s . For my video on child support see: http://youtu.be/9Q2rSgMeSos. For the video on matrimonial homes and protecting them with marriage contracts, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nplweWniHM