The Family Law Research Service is an effective facilitator of Canadian Family Law research.
It was developed by Toronto Family Law Lawyer John T. Syrtash and computer specialist
Martin Adler. The Spousal Support and Section 7 databases are currently maintained by
Spousal Support Database Corporation, under the continuing supervision and guidance of both
The concept was developed and the searches are completed by John T. Syrtash,
or a member of the Spousal Support Database Corporation staff under
Mr. Syrtash's guidance. Mr. Syrtash has practiced Family Law in Ontario in
excess of sixteen years. He is author of "Religion and Culture in Canadian
Family Law", published by Butterworths Canada, which was recently cited with
approval by the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, he is a columnist for
Q.L. Systems Limited, for which he writes a weekly electronic summary of
Family Law cases called the Syrtash Family Law Newsletter (db sfln).
His summaries electronically interlink instantly to any case the reader
wishes to read in text form. Mr. Syrtash is also a Family Law columnist for
the Canadian Jewish News and the Jewish Tribune in Toronto.
He is counsel to the law firm of Garfin Zeidenberg LLP in Toronto.
John Syrtash was also instrumental in developing and lobbying for amendments
to both Ontario's Family Law Act and Canada's Divorce Act in 1986 and 1991
that assist spouses to obtain a religious divorce. In 1985, he was a member
of the Family Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) that was
asked to review a draft of the new Family Law Act in 1985/86 by the Ontario
Government. A noted lecturer across Canada on Family Law issues, Mr. Syrtash
developed this database with Mr. Martin Adler, a Toronto computer specialist,
as an attempt to help facilitate research and rationalize the decisions in
spousal support across Canada.
What does the Revised Spousal Support Database contain?
This database incorporates almost all available reported and unreported cases from
all provinces of Canada dealing with spousal support since the watershed decision of the
Supreme Court of Canada in Moge v. Moge of December 17, 1992. The database is updated on
a weekly basis. These decisions are obtained from Q.L. System's on-line legal research
facility, Quicklaw, and from the Reports of Family Law (RFL) reporting series published by
Carswell Thomson Professional Publishing, a division of Thomson Canada Limited.
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for sample search results including charts, graphs and reports.