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Wednesday, October 28, 2020 @ 11:17 AM

Increasing challenges with high conflict family cases Man and woman heads in profile

While most parents who separate are able to make plans for their children on a consensual basis, perhaps with the assistance of lawyers or mediators, there has been a marked increase in the number of high conflict disputes that require resolution in Canada’s family courts. We report here on some preliminary findings on our research project on high conflict family cases in Ontario. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 12:31 PM

Family cottage: How it can it cause conflict, give rise to litigation Cottage

“Nature is not a place to visit — it is home.” ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 11:14 AM

Pro bono animal law clinic at UBC victory for access to justice | Victoria Shroff

Access to justice for animals in B.C. just got a boost. In a Canadian legal first, UBC’s Peter Allard School of Law Students Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) has launched a brand new animal law pro bono clinic aimed at low-income individuals who have animal law cases such as “dangerous” or “aggressive” dogs, human rights issues involving animals, animals in tenancy issues and more. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 10:58 AM

Summary judgment post COVID-19: Interpretive erosion and looking ahead Courthouse

The success of summary judgment post-Hryniak (Hryniak v. Mauldin 2014 SCC 7) has been further hindered by what is commonly known as interpretive erosion. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 9:21 AM

Better ways of giving self-reps access to justice | Gary Joseph

Once again Nicholas Bala, with the assistance of Rachel Birnbaum, has brought informed and evidence-based information to the profession. Rather than antidotal or unsubstantiated “gossip,” Bala, professor at the faculty of law, Queen’s University and Birnbaum, professor of social work, King’s University College at Western, have provided us with empirical data on the continual and expanding presence of self-represented litigants. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 9:05 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Constitutional issues

Appeal by the plaintiff, M.K., from an order striking her civil claim against the Province. In 2015, a Provincial Court awarded the plaintiff 18 years of child support, retroactive to the child’s birthdate. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

High time we helped Canadians climb out of debt Ladder

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a medical crisis in the world, which in turn caused an economic crisis in our society, which is now, in its turn, causing a moral crisis within our society. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 10:59 AM

Practising family law during pandemic: Pushing matters forward | Carolyn J. Lloyd

When I was sent home from work with nothing but my laptop on March 11, I didn’t know what to expect. I had always kept my work at the office, and rarely brought work home. Suddenly my worlds collided and it was a shock. I decided to learn as much as a could about what the pandemic meant and how long it would last. ... [read more]

Monday, October 26, 2020 @ 9:58 AM

Access to Justice Week events focused on creating more inclusive system | Julie Sobowale

October 26 marks the beginning of Access to Justice Week, held from Oct. 26 to Oct. 30, in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each province will highlight the work of community justice organizations and pro bono organizations. Throughout the week a series of online national events will focus on educating the public, lawyers and community organizations on how to improve access to justice in their local communities.  ... [read more]

Friday, October 23, 2020 @ 2:21 PM

Cross-border divorce — COVID-19 style House sitting on money

If absence makes the heart grow fonder, then being shacked up with your spouse during the COVID pandemic can be the straw to break the camel’s back. And for many couples it is. With rates of separation and divorce climbing, getting things aligned in terms of your tax situation is important. This is especially true if the couple owns real property south of the border. ... [read more]