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Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 11:38 AM - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

Ex-SCC judge who co-wrote Dunsmuir weighs in as counsel as top court revisits Dunsmuir’s standard of review

Ex-Supreme Court of Canada Justice Michel Bastarache’s participation as a counsel in three appeals the top court is using to revisit one of his most famous judgments, Dunsmuir v. New Brunswick, has renewed debate about what ex-judges can do when they return to legal practice. ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 10:25 AM

Intestacy and common law spouses: What you need to know dead_spouse_sm

This article sets out one of many potential issues when one passes away intestate (without a will). ... [read more]

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 9:43 AM

Alberta legislation on common law partners big step forward, says legal think tank Laura Buckingham, Alberta Law Reform Institute

Alberta has modernized family law in the province to give increased support to unmarried couples, and a provincial legal think tank is noting the legislation is very similar to changes it recommended in a report to government earlier this year. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 2:43 PM

Scholar hopes Supreme Court takes up retroactive child support issue Nicholas Bala, Queen’s University

A five-judge panel of the B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court decision ordering a father to provide child support for his adult son, but a law professor is saying he hopes the case is taken up by the Supreme Court in order to finally resolve the patchwork of legal decisions across the country dealing with retroactive support payments in family law disputes. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 9:40 AM

MPs urged to enact ‘equal shared parenting’ in Bill C-78 but organized family law bar tells Ottawa to stay the course Melanie Del Rizzo

Dozens of family law practitioners, academics and legal organizations are advising the Commons Justice Committee on how to improve the Liberal government’s proposed divorce overhaul (Bill C-78), but there is sharp disagreement on some points, especially about the wisdom of Ottawa’s choice not to create the “equal shared parenting” presumption sought for decades by advocates for fathers’ rights. ... [read more]

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 8:33 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Practice and procedure - Costs

Appeal by the father from a costs award. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 10:42 AM

Property rights and married versus unmarried relationships | John-Paul Boyd

Alberta received some pretty big news on Nov. 22 when the provincial government announced some reforms to its family law legislation. Amendments scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020, will extend the current matrimonial property regime to include unmarried partners. ... [read more]

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 9:28 AM - Last Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

Delay paralegal changes until more consultation held: CBA

The B.C. legislature is considering legislation to allow the provincial law society to give more powers to paralegals, but the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) is asking the government to delay the move, saying it requires more study and may have significant consequences on the practice of family law in the province. ... [read more]

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

‘Hybrid approach’ a ‘muddled’ road to deciding child’s habitual residence: law professor Rollie_Thompson_sm

A recent Nova Scotia appeal decision reflects the “controversial” legal movement toward the “hybrid approach” when deciding the habitual residence of a child wrongfully removed or kept by a parent following a separation, says a scholar. ... [read more]

Monday, November 26, 2018 @ 3:28 PM

The Coach: Marketing retail law ‘B to C’ | Gary Mitchell

Of course when I use the term “B to C,” I am referring to Business to Consumer. It is my experience in helping lawyers and law firms market themselves and grow, these areas of law are the easiest to market. The most obvious areas or retail law or B to C being, but not limited to: employment law (employee side), family law, personal injury (PI), and wills and estates. ... [read more]