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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 10:44 AM

Appeal sought in Chuvalo divorce case Kelley_Bryan_sm

The estranged wife of George Chuvalo is appealing a recent ruling that the Canadian boxing legend lacks the mental capacity to decide whether to reconcile with her. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

The high-conflict separation: Managing client expectations client_expectations_sm

In any area of law, it is important to fully explain realistic expectations as well as the legal process in your role as the family law lawyer, to accomplish your clients’ goals and needs. Since the breakdown of family relationships is often one of the most difficult and traumatic experiences in people’s lives, I make my best efforts to write my clients a lengthy initial reporting letter at the onset of my retainer, fully explaining my role as their lawyer, their role as the client, the applicable laws, how such laws relate to their particular fact situations and the potential process to accomplish their needs. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

CBA in midst of revamp; downsizing expected at national office TLD Exclusive

Unbeknownst to most of its rank-and-file members, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is poised for a dramatic retooling this year that could cut its fees, pare down its national staff and “non-core” national activities and redirect more cash and delivery of member services to its provincial and territorial branches, The Lawyer’s Daily has learned. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:40 AM

Handling third party bankruptcy, tax concerns in mediated settlements divorce_tax_sm

The breakdown of marriage is often accompanied by bankruptcy or insolvency issues. Often the marriage breakdown is a result of financial problems in the family; in some cases the causation is the reverse. Where one spouse has a business that is failing, the resulting financial and emotional pressures on the family often create overwhelming strains on the parties’ relationship. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 9:39 AM

What to do when third parties impede settlement hard_mediation_sm

While most family law cases involve only two parties, there can be many other parties who may play a significant role in the settlement of the case. These can include cheerleaders, those involved in third party claims, third parties from whom disclosure is sought, creditors, the Canada Revenue Agency or the Children’s Aid Society. ... [read more]

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 9:25 AM

Legal think tank looking to reform ‘badly outdated’ Alberta Evidence Act Laura Buckingham, Alberta Law Reform Institute

An Alberta-based legal think tank is urging the provincial government to update the “badly outdated” Alberta Evidence Act with an eye to reforming how evidence from children and adults with cognitive impairments is treated in the courtroom. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Stewart McKelvey adds P.E.I. associates

Two associates have joined Stewart McKelvey’s Charlottetown branch. They are Justin Milne and Michael Fleischmann. ... [read more]

Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 7:44 AM

CHILD PROTECTION - Protective agencies and institutions - Types - Children’s aid societies - Apprehension of child - Practice and procedure - General principles - Costs - Considerations

Appeals by two child welfare agencies, Child and Family Services All Nations Coordinated Response Network (ANCR) and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Family and Community Services (NCN), from a costs award made in favour of the respondent father. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 8:32 AM - Last Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 3:50 PM

What Chuvalo decision says about litigation guardianships in family law

The use of a litigation guardianship in family law proceedings has recently come into the limelight through recent news about Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo, now 80 years of age. ... [read more]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 8:45 AM

The Motherisk Commission: Why it matters hair_analysis_sm

The Motherisk Commission’s final report is to be delivered by Feb. 28, 2018. What might we expect? ... [read more]