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Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:24 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Business, commercial or non-family assets

Appeal by the husband from the calculation of his former wife's interest in non-marital property. ... [read more]

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Out-of-court dispute resolution focus of latest Divorce Act overhaul | Lorne Wolfson

In the most significant overhaul of the Divorce Act since its enactment in 1985, the federal government has proposed significant changes to the way family law disputes are resolved in Canada. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:53 PM

Organizations join forces for family mediation

Family Mediation Canada (FMC) and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) are working together to promote family mediation and other forms of family dispute resolution. ... [read more]

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

Bill C-78 brings changes that every family law lawyer should know about familywithtablet_sm.jpg

“It’s not what you say. It is how you say it,” seems to be the most noticeable theme in the proposed amendments to the Divorce Act legislation, introduced to Parliament through Bill C-78. The proposed changes which, for example, try to replace terms such as “child custody” with “parenting time” are meant to set a conciliatory tone and bring parents together. More importantly, they attempt to treat children as free standing, deserving and deciding factors in every Canadian custody litigation; sorry, I mean “parenting time” litigation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Criminal and youth lawyers worried about new Toronto ‘mega’ court Courthouse

A new courthouse being built in downtown Toronto is raising concerns in the legal community, and is especially troubling to defence lawyers and young offender advocates. The facility, which will be located at 11 Centre Avenue — a site owned by the province and located just to the north of Toronto City Hall — has a price tag of approximately $956.4 million and is being developed to be a “mega” court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:22 AM

When it comes to blended families, a detailed will is crucial blended_family_sm

Lawyers often get criticized for nagging clients (and potential clients, and family members, and friends) about the importance of making a will, but it’s really just that we know, better than most, the unfortunate consequences of dying intestate. And when you’re working with blended families, it can get even more difficult. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

Bar gives good initial reviews to Ottawa’s proposal to put best interests of kids first in divorce overhaul Jody Wilson-Raybould

Family law lawyers were giving mostly positive early reviews to the Trudeau government’s proposed overhaul of the antiquated Divorce Act — but they also reserved final judgment until they parse the hefty 192-page bill that proposes to modernize laws relating to child custody/access, child support, child relocation and parental abduction. ... [read more]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 10:53 AM

N.S. lawyers to get session on complex new capacity rules Michelle_Morgan_Coole_sm

Nova Scotia is holding an information session for lawyers wanting a “high level overview” of the province’s new capacity legislation for intellectually disabled adults — a complex set of regulations experts say will be a steep learning curve for the legal profession. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Using the mediation solution to avoid the perils of litigation sibling_mediation_sm

A civil lawsuit involving families is sad and damaging, and can quickly degenerate into a pathological experience. Unfortunately, inter-familial disputes are becoming more common with aging baby boomers in the process of passing a huge amount of wealth – $750 billion – to the next generation over the next ten years. ... [read more]

Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7:30 AM - Last Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 10:24 AM

Manitoba man who bombed ex-wife’s lawyer convicted of attempted murder, aggravated assault Maria Mitousis

A disgruntled litigant who targeted two Winnipeg law offices with explosive devices in 2015 and maimed family law lawyer Maria Mitousis with a disguised bomb he sent her anonymously through the mail, has been convicted of attempted murder and aggravated assault. ... [read more]