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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Appeal decision details support obligations for those standing in loco parentis John_Maynard_sm

A recent East Coast appeal decision is a reminder that while one may not be a child’s biological or adoptive parent, familial facts may dictate they must stand in loco parentis and pay support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:44 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Conduct of parents - Maximum contact principle

Appeal by the mother from refusal of her application to relocate the child's primary residence from British Columbia to Nova Scotia with related relief. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

SCOTUS and the right side of history | Jennifer Taylor

The last page of Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in Trump v. Hawaii is now hanging on my office door. It’s a reminder of two things: First, court decisions are not always right (the majority in Trump v. Hawaii upheld the president’s so-called travel ban, a proclamation imposing “entry restrictions” on, and effectively banning travellers from, several mostly Muslim-majority countries). ... [read more]

Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

How Toronto’s new courthouse could jeopardize fragile youth services toronto_megacourt.jpg

Justice Brian Scully sits in the Ontario Court of Justice at 311 Jarvis St. in Toronto. In 2005, he was presiding over the case of Tina, (not her real name), a 15-year-old who charged with robbery. Her boyfriend had persuaded her to lure a young man into an alleyway. When she did, the boyfriend beat and robbed the victim. As Tina stood up to make her plea, Justice Scully noticed that she was pregnant. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 3:10 PM

Co-mediation in divorce cases: The newest trend 4peoplestanding_sm.jpg

Co-mediation involves a lawyer-mediator and a mental health professional, both skilled in divorce mediation, working in concert with one another. The two mediators are a tag team, helping a couple break through the obstacles to settlement and reaching a successful outcome for them both. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 28, 2018 @ 9:19 AM

Alberta think tank recommends new provincial rules for common law couples Laura Buckingham, legal counsel, Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI)

An Alberta-based legal think tank is saying the lack of rules on dividing property for common law couples is creating unnecessary hurdles in the legal system, and it is recommending the provincial government take action to ensure such couples are on a level playing field with married people. The Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI) released its report on property division for common law couples on June 27. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 @ 9:15 AM

Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family closing down over funding John-Paul Boyd

As of Aug. 31, 2018, the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family will cease to exist after over 30 years in operation. “It’s a shame, but it all boils down to the difficulties we and other people have had obtaining funding that is necessary to meet our operating expenses and to have this continue for another 30 years,” said John-Paul Boyd, executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Court upholds independence of Office of the Children’s Lawyer in privacy ruling Nicholas Bala sm

The Ontario Court of Appeal quashed an access to information request related to a custody dispute, ruling that the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has no authority to regulate the use of records kept by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Privacy and family law experts said the decision will “breathe new life” into the discussion on children's right to privacy. ... [read more]

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:19 PM - Last Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

Chief Justice Wagner calls for judicial discipline reforms as Ottawa drags heels on removing sidelined judge Richard Wagner

Canada’s top judge has called on the Trudeau government to enact reforms to reduce the persistent lengthy delays and high costs of the federal judicial discipline process. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 1:28 PM

N.L. polyamory parenting decision puts children first, lawyers say Jodi_Lazare_sm

An unusual court decision declaring two men as parents to a child born into a polyamorous relationship with a woman drives home the justice system’s precept of doing what’s best for children and furthers its attempts to keep up with changing familial realities, experts say. ... [read more]