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What is the role of your family and friends when going through a divorce?

Video: What is the role of your family and friends when going through a divorce?

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

Jurisdiction: Ontario (Canada)

In my practice, I often times invite my client to bring their family with them. Why? For a few reasons. One: I want the family to hear my advice. I don’t want it to get back to the family through “broken telephone”. But I also recognize that the family is very very influential in my client’s life. And so, if the family understands the appropriate course of action, if they know, if they hear it from someone like myself who is an impartial adivsor telling the client what they ought to do or ought not do, and the family hears it or the close friends, then there’s a very good chance that the same advice will resonate. Regrettably, what often times does happen is people split up and they confide in friends or family and the friend or family becomes a cheerleader and they fan the fuel. And what ends up happening is … (click here for more)

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.