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Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 10:23 AM

Parenting co-ordinators in Ontario now have professional designation Parents custody

The province was in need of a set of standards to reflect the unique reality that co-ordinators, who work with high-conflict parents, act as arbitrators and enter into private contracts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:36 AM

CIVIL PROCEDURE - Parties - Class or representative actions - Certification

Appeal by the defendants from an order certifying the action as a class proceeding. ... [read more]

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 9:43 AM

Nova Scotia justice rebukes police involvement in custody battle Julia Cornish

The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Family Division, was recently asked to rule on the custody of a young child. In the process of rendering that decision, Associate Chief Justice Lawrence O’Neil publicly reprimanded three police forces that played a role in keeping the whereabouts of the mother and the child a secret. ... [read more]

Monday, September 18, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

The courts have spoken, so why are spouses fighting for a right of first refusal?

When estranged couples can't agree on the sale of a jointly held matrimonial home, the problem is usually tied to a dispute over the valuation of the property. Although each party is entitled to the home's fair market value, the fluctuating housing market can complicate the situation. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

New centre in Ottawa connecting men with legal support during times of crisis Patrick Wright sm

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families has opened its third location in Ottawa with an aim to connect men in crisis with mental health and legal support programs. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

B.C. dad faces uphill battle in fight to allow children to ride bus unsupervised Wade_MacGregor_sm

A British Columbia father crowdfunding to fight a provincial order forbidding him from letting his young kids ride public transit alone has eclipsed his monetary goal, and may have a chance of winning if his case gets as far as the province’s highest court, said a lawyer. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 9:37 AM

'Affirmation note' leads B.C. court to impute considerable income to wife

Imputation of income to women is an increasingly important and sometimes contentious issue in family law. With the movement toward equal custody for mothers and fathers comes a greater expectation that women will work and earn an income that corresponds to their education, skills and experience. ... [read more]

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 8:24 AM

ADOPTION - Considerations - Best interests of child - Child's cultural heritage - Contest between relatives and strangers

Appeal by the child’s biological mother from an adoption order granted in the respondents’ favour. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Kenneth Cole of Epstein, Cole honoured with award

Kenneth Cole is the recipient of the 2017 Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 14, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

ADOPTION - Consent of natural parents - Practice and procedure - General principles - Legislation - Constitutional issues

Appeal by the Minister of Community Services (Minister) and the adoptive parents from a decision of the hearing judge referring a number of constitutional questions to himself for determination in an uncontested application for adoption. ... [read more]