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Thursday, November 01, 2018 @ 11:58 AM

Breaking down organizational barriers helps access to justice, panel says TAG

Family law is in the midst of a crisis, as an increasing number of self-represented litigants attempt to tackle complex legal issues in an overloaded court system. In response to the many access to justice issues the family bar is facing, legal organizations have turned to teleconferencing, plain language documents and interdisciplinary relationships to try to close the gap in representation. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 2:46 PM

Safety trumps heritage in court’s decision to leave Aboriginal mother’s kids in non-Indigenous foster homes, lawyer says Dean_Kropp_sm

Courts recognize the importance of maintaining culture for Aboriginal children taken from their parents and placed in foster care, but safety is “paramount” when deciding if they should stay there, says a lawyer of the Manitoba Appeal Court’s decision to keep a mother’s kids in non-Indigenous foster homes. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 12:47 PM

Lerners adds litigation, family law associates

Lerners LLP announced that Julia Boddy and Jennifer Black have joined the firm’s Toronto office as associates. ... [read more]

Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 10:21 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Conduct of parties - Dissipation of assets, preservation of property

Appeal by the testator's widow from refusal of an accounting and equalization under the Family Property Act. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 1:33 PM

Justice through Indigenous community courts handcuffbreaking_jpg

For decades the failure of the Canadian justice system to provide fair processes for Indigenous Canadians has been the subject of papers, policy recommendations, reports and news articles. The self-governance and self-determination of First Nations has yet to be reinstated since the passage of the 1876 Indian Act. ... [read more]

Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 8:46 AM

MARITAL PROPERTY - Exempt acquisitions and deductions - Settlements

Appeal by the husband, Neil, and his father, Sol, from partial summary judgment granted in favour of Neil's former wife. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

When video game addiction leads to family breakup woman watching video game

An online divorce service in the United Kingdom recently noted that more than 200 couples who filed for divorce in 2018 cited addiction to Fortnite or other video games as a reason for the divorce. Fortnite, which is a popular online game wherein players around the world engage in a battle royale, has grown in popularity among children, teenagers and adults alike. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Strength in numbers: Pros and cons of joint residential ownership shared_home_sm

The cost of purchasing residential real estate has skyrocketed, causing affordability challenges to purchasers in many Canadian cities. As a result, some buyers are purchasing real estate together with friends and family and taking title typically as tenants-in-common. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Donald Trump is teaching our kids to be cyberbullies | Jasmine Daya

“Mommy, is Donald Trump a mean man?” asked my 6-year-old daughter at the dinner table. My husband and I looked at each other and smiled. My other two children, ages 8 and 12, giggled at the question, likely knowing what I wanted to say, but also didn’t want to say. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 1:14 PM

Judge erred in dismissing Indigenous man’s constitutional claim on child support: Ontario Court of Appeal Nicholas Bala, Queen's University Faculty of Law

An Indigenous man arguing his child support case should be determined by the traditional legal structures of his people will get another chance to argue his case before a judge after the Ontario Court of Appeal unanimously ruled a lower court erred by dismissing his claim before giving him more time to develop his arguments and by saying he lacked standing to make them. ... [read more]