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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 2:28 PM

Canada a 'hero' for settling with 'Sixties Scoop' adoptees, says lawyer Jeffery_Wilson_sm

In reaching a compensation settlement with the "Sixties Scoop" adoptees, Canada is a “hero” and judicial pioneer when it comes to placing value on the cultural identity of children, says a lawyer at the nexus of the issue. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 12:06 PM

Timing, privacy issues raised over Ontario's proposed domestic violence leave bill Paul Willetts sm

Proposed legislation regarding leave for employees dealing with domestic or sexual violence may be the natural next step in workplace accommodation for the province of Ontario, but labour and employment lawyers note possible pitfalls for businesses if the legislation passes. ... [read more]

Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 2:09 PM

Ontario Court of Appeal rules on cohabitation agreement containing spousal support waiver Paul Marshall sm

A cohabitation agreement waiving a claim for spousal support has been upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal in a decision the appellant's counsel says has changed his perspective on clients signing agreements. ... [read more]

Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

A snapshot of contemporary family law practice in Canada | John-Paul Boyd

A wide-ranging study by the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, based on a survey of lawyers, touched on a number of important issues — from self-represented litigants and family violence to Unified Family Courts and limited-scope legal services — and made some interesting findings. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

Self-represented litigants invited to Ontario law schools for awareness event Julie Macfarlane

Law schools across Ontario will have fuller classes than usual on Oct. 4. That’s when self-represented litigants will be taking in lectures alongside regular students. Classroom attendance is just one of the activities planned for Self-Represented Litigants Awareness Day. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

B.C. posters explain support person guidelines for self-represented litigants

The provincial court of British Columbia has a new flyer and poster campaign, designed to reach out to self-represented litigants (SRLs). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 11:00 AM

Why custody disputes end in tragedy — and how children can be protected

A recent case in Quebec that involved abduction and death illustrates how despite the presence of laws and procedures, the legal system is often helpless when family breakdown spirals out of control. ... [read more]

Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 3:36 PM

Alberta law group urges policy shift on property division for common law couples Laura Buckingham

Common law couples have been on the rise across Canada and the issues they face during separation are cause for concern for the Alberta Law Reform Institute (ALRI). ... [read more]

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]