Under traditional Jewish law, when a couple is seeking a divorce, the husband is to present the wife with a bill of divorce, also known as a Get. The Get is only valid if the husband gives it under free will. The wife must also choose to accept it freely without any pressure. These traditions created problems in the past so now under Ontario’s Family Law act if a party refuses to give or receive the Get, they can be prevented from bringing a motion and/or have their pleadings struck. Agreements and settlements can also be invalidated if the Get is used as leverage in forming agreements.

Meet Jewish Family Lawyers at Nussbaum Law, Toronto

Barry Nussbaum

OWNER, SENIOR LAWYER

Barry is a respected member of both the Ontario and New York Bars. With over 17 years of experience, Barry is a successful and proven advocate for family and divorce clients.

Barry represents clients in all areas of family law, including, divorce, child custody (decision-making), parenting time (access), child relocation and Hague Convention matters, support related matters, complex property division issues, domestic contracts (prenuptial, cohabitation, separation, and
parenting agreements), and sensitive child protections matters with the Children’s Aid Society. With his broad and focused experience in family law, Barry provides strategic and effective solutions for his clients.

ARI RUBIN

ASSOCIATE LAWYER

Originally from the UK, Ari graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to Law School, Ari obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Reichman University in Israel as well as a Post Graduate degree in Accounting from York University.

Ari has a passion for Alternative Dispute Resolution, specifically in negotiation and mediation which he has extensive training in. Ari ranked top 5 in the 2020 Dentons Negotiation Cup and subsequently was asked to represent Osgoode internationally. He currently teaches at Osgoode Hall’s “Lawyer as Negotiator” as an instructor.

In his spare time, Ari enjoys travelling, spending time with family and playing soccer (or football as he’d rather call it).

JONATHAN KORMAN

ASSOCIATE LAWYER

Jonathan graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020. Prior to law school, Jonathan obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science at York University with a focus on international politics and critical security. Jonathan discovered his passion for family law while providing legal assistance to low income clients with the Family Law Project.

 

Outside of work and school, Jonathan loves rock climbing, the outdoors and his dog Luna.

SHMUEL STERN

OF COUNSEL

Shmuel practices exclusively in the area of family law in Ontario and also now in Ohio. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from York University, received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2003. More recently, he earned an LLM at Cleveland Marshall College of Law and passed the Ohio Bar in 2021. He is past Chair of the OBA Child and Youth Section. He joins Nussbaum Law to provide high level strategic advice for the firm’s lawyers and clients. Shmuel has a broad history of providing legal education to other legal professionals, and directly to the very people going through the process. You can find his family law twitter feed @corollaryrelief.

JESSICA COHEN

ASSOCIATE LAWYER

Jessica graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2013 and was called to the Bar in 2014. Since 2014 she has been practicing exclusively in the area of Family Law. She practices all areas of family law including issues relating to: divorce, custody and access, mobility and long distance parenting, child and spousal support, division of property, and child protection matters.

Prior to attending law school, Jessica obtained her master’s degree in psychology studying anxiety, conflict, and decision making. This has great application to her legal practice as it allows her to manage clients’ emotions and stressors to promote effective conflict resolution.

Jessica is committed to her professional development. She has authored journal articles, blog posts, and has led a professional development seminar for mediators.

As a Jewish family lawyer, Barry is aware of the complexities present in Jewish divorces, including traditions around residing in the same housing complex upon divorce. Though divorces in Ontario are performed under secular law, it is important that you hire a Jewish divorce lawyer with experience in navigating both the Marriage Act of Ontario and the traditional customs of Jewish culture. Barry Nussbaum has extensive experience helping Jewish clients in seeking a favourable outcome for their divorce.

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