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Tuesday, September 03, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

Quebec allows only two legal parents on birth certificate, not three as elsewhere, rules Court of Appeal Robert Leckey

A child in Quebec can legally have only two parents named on a birth certificate but that does not preclude a third person from parenting, the Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled. In a ruling that underscores the need for legislators to pay heed to societal changes, the Court of Appeal confirmed the “sharp” distinction between who is a legal parent by virtue of filiation and who may exercise parental authority ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 12:05 PM

Dunton Rainville adds four new associates

Dunton Rainville announced the hiring of four new associates: Catherine Brodeur, Étienne Gabrysz-Forget, Valerie Di Lena and Agathe Senlecq. ... [read more]

Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:10 AM

Constitutional challenge to B.C. family law legal aid moving forward Raji Mangat, West Coast LEAF

A lawsuit arguing British Columbia has a constitutional responsibility to ensure access to the justice system for women who are fleeing violent relationships or face ongoing abuse from ex-spouses will soon have its day in court. On Aug. 23, B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled against the B.C. government and the provincial Legal Services Society (LSS) in their attempts to dismiss the suit as having no reasonable claim ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 1:13 PM

Do law firms need big digital marketing programs? | Kim McLaughlin

If I had a dollar for every lawyer who said, “Kim, I don’t need a big digital marketing program,” I would own an island. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

Immigration implications of international surrogacy 2 dads with kids

Many Canadians turn to assisted human reproduction to help build their families, which can include surrogacy arrangements in foreign countries. However, Canadian immigration and citizenship laws have not kept up with current reality. As a result, Canadian parents of children born through surrogacy in a foreign jurisdiction may run into immigration challenges. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 1:16 PM

Exploring the digital world of parent-child contact: Views, experiences Laptop with pink screen

In part one in this series of articles, the results of an online survey of mental health professionals and lawyers were highlighted. Depending on the perspective, there are both risks and rewards in using virtual technology as a means of parent-child contact. In part two, this author explores both the parents and children’s views and experiences with virtual parent-child contact post separation. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 8:33 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Child's preference - Maximum contact principle

Appeal by the father from a decision dismissing his application for access to the parties’ 14 and 15-year-old children. ... [read more]

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 1:35 PM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Health care consent power_of_attorney_sm

Our last five articles in this series reviewed important legal issues relating to powers of attorney for personal care. This sixth article reviews the importance of having a substitute decision maker and the role of health care consent. ... [read more]

Monday, August 26, 2019 @ 1:28 PM

Review: The Law is (Not) for Kids Silhouette kids reading

One mission of the United Nations Human Rights Council and The General Assembly of the United Nations is to educate and protect children’s rights in every capacity. Children’s rights have also received increased attention from the Canadian government through a proposed Canadian Children’s Charter. A new manual that educates youth about their rights, The Law Is (Not) For Kids is excellent. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 12:41 PM

Lottery winnings may not be a jackpot for former spouses Lottery_ticket_on_floor

Recent media reports have spurred an interest in claims by divorced or separated spouses to lottery wins by their “ex.” Cases in the United States have suggested these claims have succeeded despite lengthy periods of separation or well past the date of divorce. Could these claims succeed in Ontario? ... [read more]