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Thursday, October 03, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Shift B.C. Indigenous child welfare focus from apprehension to family support, report says Elba Bendo, West Coast LEAF

It is time for a major revamp of how B.C.’s child welfare system interacts with Indigenous people, according to a report from a prominent legal advocacy group. The report from West Coast Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF) argues the provincial government has failed to meet its obligations to provide adequate, accessible and culturally safe, prevention-based supports to Indigenous families. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Judges’ departure from support guidelines must come with reasons, says family law prof Rollie_Thompson_sm

If judges in divorce proceedings are going to deviate from standard formulas for determining spousal support, they must give clear reasons as to why, says a legal mind of an Appeal Court granting indefinite support to a Saskatchewan woman.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019 @ 12:17 PM

Why an amicable divorce goes sideways Couple in disagreement

It pays (a lot) to keep a divorce amicable. But if it were really that simple, every couple would work towards a good divorce. So what exactly makes an amicable divorce turn sideways? ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 9:42 AM

New program helps self-represented navigate small claims court in Nova Scotia Heather de Berdt Romilly

Self-represented litigants in Nova Scotia’s small claims court are getting a big boost. The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS), in partnership with the court, has launched a navigator program to help individuals wend their way through the system and have support throughout the judicial process. ... [read more]

Monday, September 30, 2019 @ 9:06 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Contempt - Punishment

Appeal by the mother from a finding of contempt, a fine of $2,500, and a cost award of $15,297 imposed against her. ... [read more]

Thursday, September 26, 2019 @ 8:22 AM

Temporary programs fill in immigration objectives immigration_policy_sm

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) provides legislative authority to allow the minister to issue special instructions to immigration officers to enable the government of Canada to attain its immigration goals. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 3:05 PM

Changes to Family Law Rules a start, but more needed | Tammy Law

On Sept. 1, significant changes to Ontario’s Family Law Rules came into force. Among those changes were long-awaited refinements to rules relating to the use of expert evidence in trials and motions, including mandatory disclosure of documents to accompany a report, restrictions on testimony and modified rules for participant experts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 12:21 PM

Legal experts call for two independent CJC inquiries into conduct of Quebec judge Emmanuelle Bernheim

An inquiry committee by the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) that will determine whether the alleged misconduct of a Quebec Superior judge warrants removal from office should conduct two independent inquiries to examine the two sets of allegations against him, according to judicial ethics experts. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 11:37 AM

Bigamy is no bar to sue under Family Law Act, B.C. Court of Appeal rules Woman kissing mask on man

Luhua Rao and Peipei Li met in 2015. According to Rao, physically they spent a total of 20 days together. On one of these days, they married. According to Li, Rao informed her that he was divorced from his ex-wife at the time of the marriage. Five months into the marriage, Li discovered that Rao was in fact still married to his wife in China. Tensions and conflict ensued. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 8:43 AM

Powers of attorney and advanced care planning: Wish list power_of_attorney

This series of articles discusses legal issues involving powers of attorney and practical considerations in planning for incapacity using powers of attorney. Our last article explored the issues of personal care decisions and advance wishes and directives. This eighth article looks at issues of advance wishes and directives for health care decisions in more depth. ... [read more]