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Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Judge went too far in child support calculations for special needs child: Alberta Appeal Court Andy Hayher, Vogel LLP

The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled a lower court erred in calculating levels of child support for a 9-year-old girl with Down syndrome, and the lawyer for the young girl’s mother says she plans to bring the issue before the Supreme Court. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 3:08 PM

Exploring digital world of parent-child contact Laptop

The increased use of virtual technology such as text messages, social networking sites and Skype has enabled another type of parent-child contact post separation — virtual parent-child contact. However, issues have emerged, including safety, privacy and confidentiality for children and parents, that family justice professionals and the court must consider when recommending virtual parent-child contact. ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Negligent parenting allegation does not trigger auto insurance coverage, court rules

An Ontario court has struck a “mortal blow” to negligent parenting allegations being used in auto insurance claims where there is no link to operation of the vehicle, says a lawyer. The Aug. 14 Ontario Appeal Court decision in Hunt v. Peel Mutual Insurance Company 2019 ONCA 656 involves an appellant’s unsuccessful attempt to have his girlfriend’s insurance company defend him against a lawsuit by his daughter ... [read more]

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 9:35 AM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Substitute decision making power_of_attorney_sm

Our last four articles in this series reviewed important legal issues relating to powers of attorney for personal care. This fifth article reviews the importance of having a substitute decision maker and what happens if you do not appoint one in a power of attorney. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Lawyers on access to justice Day of Action multiracialcrowd

Access to justice has two different but intersecting meanings. The first focuses on ensuring that a person who interacts with the justice system can do so with the legal and expert assistance they need to navigate a complex, and often perplexing, system. ... [read more]

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 9:28 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Equalization or division - Asset types - Debts

Appeal by the husband and cross-appeal by the wife from trial judgment respecting the division of matrimonial property and child and spousal support. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 12:10 PM

B.C. pro bono organization takes over lawyer referral service CBABC executive director Kerry L. Simmons

B.C.’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is under new management. With funding from the Law Foundation of B.C., the Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch (CBABC) has operated the LRS for over 60 years, providing the public an opportunity to have an initial consultation with a lawyer about their concerns. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 8:53 AM

Mediation training key for lawyers helping abused clients Woman handing water to crying woman

Separation and divorce often evoke feelings of fear and uncertainty but initiating a divorce can be fatal for a person who is experiencing domestic abuse. Most will recall the recent news story about a Toronto neurosurgeon who murdered his wife in 2016, two days after she filed for divorce. Not all cases are so extreme, but every family law lawyer has had a client who is apprehensive to leave a bad relationship out of fear that things will only get worse. ... [read more]

Thursday, August 15, 2019 @ 6:28 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support Orders - Arrears of maintenance

Appeal by the wife from a 2018 decision retroactively reducing the husband’s child support obligation pursuant to a 1996 child support order. ... [read more]

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 9:49 AM

Family law program offers mediation assistance at B.C. provincial court Jane Reid, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Individuals with family law matters before the B.C. provincial court now have an additional option to court thanks to a free mediation service. The service was begun in 2012 at the B.C. Supreme Court by Vancouver lawyer Dinyar Marzban. ... [read more]