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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]

Monday, April 08, 2019 @ 2:06 PM

Access to Justice: View from the trenches | Michael Lesage

As Ontario’s lawyers set to elect a new slate of benchers to Convocation, the oft-discussed, seldom addressed issue of access to justice has again entered into the conversation. Most agree that access to justice is a worthy (if aspirational and ill-defined) goal, that must be advanced and encouraged. However, the facts on the ground tell a different story, that of people being unable (or unwilling) to hire lawyers or to effectively assert their rights on their own. Conversely, lawyers continue their exodus from private practice, especially within the small firm setting (this despite the fact that more and more lawyers are being called to the bar). Clearly, something is amiss. ... [read more]

Friday, April 05, 2019 @ 2:15 PM

Decisions when acting for family with child with disability kidinmuddledbrain.jpg

Family law clients come to us with myriad issues, including supporting a child with a disability. While resolving child-related disputes can be challenging on their own, parents caring for a child with a disability creates additional complexity. ... [read more]

Thursday, April 04, 2019 @ 2:53 PM - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 12:12 PM

Playing viral roulette with everyone’s health: Vexing anti-vaxxers | Jana Schilder

Editor’s Note: This article has been amended due to an interim publication ban. ... [read more]