Family Matters with Justice Harvey Brownstone Online Season, Episodes 5 & 6
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(Apr 18, 2012)
First TV show ever hosted by a real judge! Expert guests include authors, judges, lawyers, and counselors. All your family law questions answered in an entertaining talk show format.
Online Season, Episodes 5 & 6, Disc 3 of 4
Episode 5. Prenuptial Agreements
Guests: Ron Dumonceaux, Leigh P. Gagnon
On this episode, we will be talking about something that has always amazed me as a family court judge. Everybody knows that the divorce rate is almost 40% in Canada and almost 50% in the United States, and that's just the people that get married. We don't even know what the breakup rate is for couples who just live together in common law relationships, but I'll bet it's even higher than 50%. And yet, very few couples enter into contracts before getting married or moving in with each other. Why is that? Today we're going to be talking about cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts, commonly referred to as "prenups". What is a prenup? How do you know if you need one? What should it say? And are they really enforceable if you break up? These are the questions we'll be exploring today, with the help of our expert guests.
Mr. Dumonceaux has been a practicing lawyer since 1987. He is licensed to practice in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and in the North West Territories. While Mr. Dumonceaux's main area of practice is corporate/commercial law including commercial litigation, he has extensive experience in the area of family law.
Leigh P. Gagnon
Mr. Gagnon has been a practicing lawyer since 1992. Mr. Gagnon practices almost exclusively in the area of family law. He has been involved in every facet of family law practice from mediation and other forms of dispute resolution to preparing various kinds of agreements (prenups, marriage agreements, and separation agreements) to litigation at every level in BC.
Episode 6. Family Law Lawyers
Guests: Gwen Goebel, Gregory Walen
On this episode we are going to talk about one of my favorite topics: lawyers. I have to tell you that most family court judges spend a lot of time trying to persuade self-represented litigants to get a lawyer or at least get some legal advice. It seems to me that many people involved in family law disputes do not really understand exactly what family lawyers do and why it's important to have one. It also seems to me that many people who have lawyers do not always make the best use of them. So today, I've invited two well-respected and experienced lawyers to tell us everything we need to know about how to make the most out of the lawyer-client relationship. I'm going to ask them all the tough questions that people keep asking me at my speaking engagements and when I go on radio call-in shows to answer questions from the public.
Gwen is a partner in the firm and concentrates her practice in family law where she views her role as a balance between strong advocate and a legal coach. She has extensive experience in both litigation and collaborative law and also works in estate litigation and professional regulation, with a record of successful representations before the Court of Queen's Bench, the Court of Queen's Bench Family Law Division, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.
Greg has practiced law in Saskatoon since 1981 and is a Partner with Scharfstein Gibbings Walen Fisher. Greg is recognized as a leading practitioner in family law in Saskatchewan by LEXPERT, and has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada 2008. Greg's practise focuses solely in the area of family law. Greg has also been appointed by the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench as independent counsel for children on several occasions. Greg has written, and has been published, in the area of family law.
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