Child Protection, Custody & Access, Family Law

Child Protection, Custody, Access And Family Law

Across the country, various child welfare agencies work to protect children from neglect or abuse. These bodies investigate complaints that may arise from schools, doctors, neighbours or other family members and relatives.

While many legitimate cases exist, the activity of such organizations has at times wrongly resulted in parents losing custody of their children. If you are a parent who faces investigation by a child protection society, Neuberger & Partners LLP can intervene on your behalf.

Legal Perspectives From Both Ends Of Child Protection Disputes

Our firm works in tandem with highly experienced and skilled family law counsel, including our own Mariya Protsenko, with decades of experience in family, child protection and criminal law.

If a children’s welfare organization has approached you regarding allegations of child abuse or neglect, the outcome can seriously impact you with regard to child custody and access. We thoroughly understand child protection issues and have the experience to navigate you through your case.

When you turn to us for help, we can:

  • Investigate the facts
  • Interact on your behalf with the child protection agency
  • Determine your rights and act to protect them
  • Prepare legal arguments, gather evidence and prepare witness testimony
  • Work with support services to mediate a course of action and plan of care
  • Work to gain an out-of-court solution

Our Family Lawyer can also provide experienced legal advice and representation for family law cases involving:

  • Divorce and separation
  • Child custody and access
  • Child support
  • Spousal support and property division

If your case progresses to the laying of criminal charges, such as domestic violence or a sex-related charge, our lawyers can provide you with strategic criminal defence.

Act Quickly To Protect Your Parental Rights

If you feel that you are being investigated by a child protection agency for false allegations, you need to act expediently. Seeking legal counsel is a critical first step. Our lawyers are ready to discuss your case. Email us or call 416-364-3111 to book a consultation at our Toronto office.


1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271


On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger