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How Should I Respond to Threats of Legal Action?

Video: How Should I Respond to Threats of Legal Action?

By: Steven Benmor, B.Sc., LL.B., Family Lawyer

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

Yours is a situation where you have to have a resolution to your affairs and just because you think, or she threatens to “take you to the cleaners”, that may simply be an idle threat. That might be a threat to cause you to be a bit more generous than what you would otherwise have to be according to the laws of Ontario [Canada]. I think what you need to do is, rather than feed off of the fear, you simply need to become educated. And the best way to do that is to go into a lawyer’s office and let the lawyer know what the facts of your situation are and get an opinion as to what your obligations are. May be, may be the responsibilities that you have to your ex-wife are nowhere nearly as bad as what you think they are going to be.

Steven Benmor

(’First Take Live’ video clips courtesy of Dan Carter Productions. Original Broadcast: 2007) About the author: Steven Benmor practices Family Law in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Visit Steven Benmor’s online Family Law Resource Center for concise answers to many more frequently asked Family law questions, feature articles on Family law topics, dozens of links to other Family law websites, and more at The information on this page is for discussion purposes only. It is by no means legal advice or even a statement of the law on this subject. Please do not rely on the accuracy or completeness of this information. Any question or concern elicited by the information on this page should be taken to a lawyer who will consider the facts of each case and the legal remedies available.