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Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

B.C. pro bono organization takes over lawyer referral service CBABC executive director Kerry L. Simmons

B.C.’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is under new management. With funding from the Law Foundation of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) has operated the LRS for over 60 years, providing the public an opportunity to have an initial consultation with a lawyer about their concerns. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Mediation training key for lawyers helping abused clients Woman handing water to crying woman

Separation and divorce often evoke feelings of fear and uncertainty but initiating a divorce can be fatal for a person who is experiencing domestic abuse. Most will recall the recent news story about a Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered his wife in 2016, two days after she filed for divorce. Not all cases are so extreme, but every family law lawyer has had a client who is apprehensive to leave a bad relationship out of fear that things will only get worse. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 6:28 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support Orders - Arrears of maintenance

Appeal by the wife from a 2018 decision retroactively reducing the husband’s child support obligation pursuant to a 1996 child support order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Family law program offers mediation assistance at B.C. provincial court Jane Reid, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Individuals with family law matters before the B.C. provincial court now have an additional option to court thanks to a free mediation service. The service was begun in 2012 at the B.C. Supreme Court by Vancouver lawyer Dinyar Marzban. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 2:49 PM

Steroids and their impact on parenting issues Syringe w vials

Anabolic steroids and their derivatives fall under Schedule IV, s. 23 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Interestingly, this form of steroid, for which there is little legitimate medical use, is more ubiquitous than one would think. ... [read more]

Friday, August 09, 2019 @ 2:21 PM

Divorce lawyers scrambling to make sense of cannabis being legal: Questions remain Forms of cannabis

In a recent case, I represented the father of a young child where the mother alleged that the father was addicted to cannabis and that his use of cannabis placed the child at risk if left in his care. The mother provided voluminous materials to the Children’s Aid Society to investigate the father’s use of cannabis. She also hoped to engage the jurisdiction of the Children’s Aid Society to intervene and limit the father’s contact with the child. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 8:45 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Maximum contact principle

Appeal by the father from a joint custody order providing for primary residence and specified access. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 12:06 PM

Sole practitioner retained by OCL not a dependent contractor, court rules

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) determining that a sole practitioner, who provided legal services to the office, was not a dependent contractor. In Thurston v. Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) 2019 ONCA 640 the court heard that the respondent, Barbara Thurston, provided legal services to the OCL over a 13-year period. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 9:52 AM

Quebec lawyers struggling with mental health issues: study Nathalie Cadieux

More than 40 per cent of Quebec lawyers suffer from psychological distress, with lawyers with less than 10 years of experience more prone to experiencing mental health issues, according to a new study by researchers at the Université de Sherbrooke. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 07, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Recreational and farm property

Appeal by the wife from a trial decision respecting mobility, spousal support and division of property. ... [read more]