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Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

British Columbia provincial courthouses close due to wildfires

Wildfires in British Columbia’s Interior region forced the provincial court to close its buildings in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 09:35 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Considerations - Best interests of child - Conduct of parents - Maximum contact principle - Status quo - Removal of child from jurisdiction

Appeal by the mother from denial of an application for permission to relocate with the parties' children. The parties moved in together in 2005, married in 2008 and separated in 2010. ... [read more]

Monday, July 10, 2017 @ 09:31 AM

Why do family law cases settle when they do?

More than 99 per cent of family law cases settle without a trial.  The majority settle prior to the commencement of any litigation. Since most family law clients enter the process seeking an early settlement of the case, it is worth considering why more cases do not settle without the need for intervention of a third party in the form of a mediator or a court. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 08:45 AM

The personality factor: How to handle different types in a family law mediation Personality types

People who choose mediation do so to achieve a quick, efficient and legally binding settlement. They also do so in hopes of achieving positive and constructive interactions with the other party, gaining closure and moving on with their lives. Regardless of the reason, the mediator is tasked with understanding the differing personality types of the participants and their goals and interests to effectively conduct the mediation. ... [read more]

Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 08:49 AM

Parenting co-ordination still misunderstood by courts Parenting coordination

As family law in Ontario has evolved, there has been a growing recognition that the solutions to many of the parenting disputes brought before the Ontario courts is not legal but psychosocial. Parenting co-ordination is a service provided by lawyers and mental health professionals with expertise in family law that helps parents make responsible parenting decisions. ... [read more]

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 08:48 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Spousal support - Calculation or attribution of income - Considerations - Effect of benefits from third parties - Effect of potential of claimant

Appeal by the husband from a ruling in respect of spousal support. The parties lived together for several years prior to marrying in 2002. They separated in August 2012. Their child, born in 2003, resided primarily with the wife. A September 2013 interim order required the husband to pay monthly child support of $813 and monthly spousal support of $2,125 based on a deemed income of $93,400. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 02:07 PM

Judges appointed to federal courts, Alberta Court of Queen's Bench

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has appointed judges to the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. The appointments were announced on June 23, along with others in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia. ... [read more]

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 02:05 PM

Justice minister appoints two new judges to Quebec's Superior Court

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced on June 23 the appointment of two new judges to Quebec's Superior Court. Sitting judges will fill four vacancies on the Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeal. ... [read more]

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 12:41 PM

Five new judges are heading to Ontario's Superior Court of Justice

Five new judges have been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced on June 23. The appointments were made under the new judicial application process announced last October. ... [read more]

Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 09:17 AM

Asian legal clinic toll-free hotline has access to justice dialled in Avvy Go

A toll-free hotline launched on June 18 at the Metro Toronto Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic will provide legal advice for people across Ontario whose access to justice is limited by language barriers. ... [read more]