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Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 12:04 PM

LAO explains changes to refugee services; legal community slams provincial cuts David McKillop sm

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has clarified that it will not be suspending all of its refugee and immigration services but has made interim changes to maintain “core” services in the wake of funding cuts made to the justice sector in the provincial budget. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 18, 2019 @ 8:42 AM

Quebec mom denied shared custody because of cannabis use

A mother addicted to marijuana was denied shared custody of her 3-year-old child after Quebec Superior Court held that her cannabis consumption compromised her parental skills. In a ruling widely expected by family lawyers to be among the first of many the courts will hand down following the legalization of cannabis, Justice Jérôme Frappier held that the mother’s cannabis addiction, coupled with her anxiety attacks, represented a “serious risk” ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Early resolution for family matters | Kurt Sandstrom

On May 13, the B.C. provincial court and the Ministry of Attorney General will launch the Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Model. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

Supporting a child with disability: Family law considerations lightinkidshead.jpg

It is trite that supporting a child with a disability is costly for families. Lawyers should engage the appropriate estate, tax and financial planning professionals to ensure their clients receive comprehensive advice or information when negotiating child support issues arising from the breakdown of their relationship. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 8:40 AM

U.S. tax changes affecting cross-border alimony american_alimony_sm

The 2017 Tax Reform Act (the Act) signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in December 2017 affects taxpayers who are getting a divorce — even if one is a Canadian resident. ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

It’s time to take mandatory mediation national | Stuart Rudner

Back in 1999, mandatory mediation was introduced in a few jurisdictions in Ontario on a trial basis. Which means that mandatory mediation has been part of the legal system in Ontario for as long as I have (I was called to the bar that February). ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 12:18 PM

Difference between lawyers, paralegals | Sam Goldstein

It’s interesting during this bencher election in Ontario no candidate demanded that the standards to become a paralegal must come down so more people can enter that profession. Why would a person interested in a legal career want to spend $40,000 a year on law school when you can take a two-year paralegal course at Seneca College for a total cost of $4,028 and do almost the same work? ... [read more]

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 9:36 AM

Sustainable funding for Pro Bono issue for LSO election as legal aid faces possible cuts Gina Papageoriou sm

Access to justice has been called the biggest issue facing the legal profession by Ontario lawyers and the “crisis” has been brought to the fore as the provincial government’s budget proposes to cut funding to Legal Aid Ontario by over 30 per cent. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Variation or termination of obligation

Appeal by the wife and cross-appeal by the husband from a judgment varying a spousal support order. The parties separated in 2003 after 17 years of marriage. A 2004 separation agreement was incorporated into a 2005 divorce order. ... [read more]

Tuesday, April 09, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Nova Scotia moving to unified family court system Shelley_Hounsell-Gray

The court system in Nova Scotia is poised to become more effective, more efficient and more accessible. The Department of Justice announced that it will be making changes to the Judicature Act to ensure family law matters are heard by one court throughout the province. Currently, in most areas of the province, family law matters are heard in family court, the Supreme Court, or both courts. ... [read more]