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Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 1:01 PM

CONFLICT OF JURISDICTIONS - Lis pendens - Stay of proceedings

Appeal from a judgment of the Quebec Court of Appeal setting aside a decision that the wife’s divorce proceedings in Quebec should not be stayed. ... [read more]

Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Twitter town hall to explore access to justice in B.C. B.C. Chief Justice Robert Bauman

A pair of B.C. judicial heavyweights will be lending their voice to the conversation about access to justice Mon., Oct. 28 as the provincial court hosts a Twitter town hall to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the justice system in the province. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 9:39 AM - Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 10:49 AM

Investment in access to justice more than pays for itself, report finds Lisa Moore

Every dollar governments spend on programs and services that improve access to justice generates financial benefits equivalent to between $9 and $16, according to a review of research conducted by the Toronto-based Canadian Forum on Civil Justice (CFCJ). “I didn’t expect to find such a high return — it’s really significant,” said Lisa Moore, director of the non-profit organization, who co-authored the report with Osgoode Hall Law School professor Trevor Farrow. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 8:35 AM

A sledgehammer solution to ‘birth tourism’ birth_tourism_sm

At the Conservative Party convention in Halifax last August, party leader Andrew Scheer released a statement confirming that curbing “birth tourism” would be among the objectives of the Conservative policy, after Conservative party members voted to fully end the practice of birthright citizenship in Canada, unless one parent is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 @ 9:51 AM

Natural justice must be served in foreign divorces, Ontario Court of Appeal affirms Ruslana Korytko

Determining the legitimacy of a foreign divorce must always consider process as much as jurisdiction, the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed in a decision released on Oct. 16. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 3:01 PM

Myths surrounding fathers’ rights to custody Father carrying daughter

There is an unfounded belief that fathers do not have equal rights to custody. Do courts actually favour mothers over fathers for custody? Are single fathers also entitled to custody? Do fathers also have the right to claim spousal support? Let’s address these questions one at a time. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

SCC’s Gascon encourages lawyers and judges to talk openly about anxiety, depression Exclusive

Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada are legal icons, so it’s easy to forget that they are human beings and struggle with the same afflictions as the rest of us. That’s why retired Justice Clément Gascon’s decision to reveal that he lives with anxiety and depression has been so salutary for the legal profession’s awareness of, and efforts to destigmatize, the mental health challenges so many lawyers and judges face. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 12:27 PM

Marriage of family law and technology: A much-needed union Female hands typing on laptop

Technology has become so enmeshed in modern life that citizens engaging with the legal system wonder why the same level of service and convenience is not available. Fortunately, in Ontario, the superior and provincial family courts are implementing new technological processes in order to modernize the system. ... [read more]

Monday, October 21, 2019 @ 9:05 AM

Lessons on dealing with trauma from one who knows | Ava N. Williams

In 2017, I was halfway through law school and was featured in the Globe and Mail’s Unfounded series about how police forces across Canada report on sexual assault. I had not spoken publicly about my assault, and many people in my life didn’t know about it. But I felt that it was important to share my story. I didn’t want what had happened to me to continue happening to others and I felt that Unfounded had the potential to make a change. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 17, 2019 @ 1:02 PM

The neverending story of excluded property in B.C. House with stoplight

The Family Law Act and its regime on “excluded property” was thought to bring more clarity and fairness to family law litigation in B.C. However, it seems to have at times confused cases. ... [read more]