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Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 9:38 AM

Parents who are opioid addicts need help, not society's judgment | Melani Carefoot

Children can be the biggest losers when those who care for them don't seek treatment out of fear of punishment. While kids' safety is a priority, families and professionals should try to ensure they can maintain a relationship with a drug-dependent parent during periods of separation. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 8:31 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Considerations - Adult dependent children - Attendance at educational institution - Where child has income

Appeal by the father from an order that he pay child support to his adult daughter pursuant to s. 37 of the Family Law Act. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 11:57 AM

Request for more judges a necessary move for strained system, lawyers say Melanie_Manchee_sm

Ontario’s Superior Court needs additional judges for a strained system that forces the accused to wait years for trial, makes civil cases the “lesser third cousin” to criminal matters and has children sit in “emotionally charged” homes as parents await divorce proceedings, say lawyers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 @ 8:51 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support – Spousal Support - Considerations - Agreement - Variation or termination of obligation - Economic disadvantage of marriage

Appeal by the husband from an order for retroactive child and spousal support in favour of the wife. ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

Bad behaviour can turn a winning litigant in a family law dispute into a loser Litigation costs

The general rule is that a successful party is entitled to costs from the court action. But not always. Cost orders have also become a tool used by judges to reward reasonable conduct and penalize misconduct. ... [read more]

Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 11:36 AM

Ontario Unified Family Court proposal calls for province-wide expansion by 2025 Nicholas Bala sm

The Ministry of the Attorney General, in collaboration with Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, has submitted a proposal to the federal government calling for an expansion of the province’s Unified Family Court. ... [read more]

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]