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Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 12:33 PM

Family lawyers prefer mediation, collaborative processes: study Trevor Farrow sm

A recent survey of family lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia and British Columbia found that the majority prefer to resolve family law disputes with collaborative settlement processes rather than through costly litigation. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 10:26 AM

What bills C-44 and C-4 mean to Canadian employers Belisle C-44

In June 2017, two key pieces of legislation tabled by the federal government that have serious consequences for federally regulated employers received royal assent. ... [read more]

Friday, April 06, 2018 @ 9:03 AM

Strict compliance to form essential in family arbitration agreements divorce_agreement_sm

Family arbitration in Ontario under the Arbitration Act requires that counsel respect certain formalities when concluding an arbitration agreement, failing which the agreement and the award are of no force or effect.  This is an exception to the general rule in commercial arbitration where the mere intention of entering into an arbitration agreement is sufficient to bind the parties. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 5:24 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Retroactive - Enforcement of orders - Arrears of maintenance

Appeal by the mother and cross appeal by the father from a motion judge’s decision assessing child support. ... [read more]

Wednesday, April 04, 2018 @ 5:23 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Removal of child from jurisdiction - Practice and procedure - Courts - Jurisdiction

Appeal by the father from a decision setting aside a prohibition order prohibiting the mother from relocating the child. ... [read more]

Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Gifts and loans to adult children: What you need to know house_gift_sm

It is not uncommon to see parents assisting their adult children well after post-secondary graduation. Assistance can come in a variety of forms, whether it’s providing funds for a matrimonial home to their newly married child, a monthly allowance for their child during a period of unemployment, or assisting in funding a child’s new business venture. Parents frequently provide help out of the goodness of their hearts without considering the impact this may have at a later date. ... [read more]

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

CUSTODY AND ACCESS - Primary residence - Practice and procedure

Appeal by the father from refusal of summary judgment granting him primary care and control of the parties' eldest child. ... [read more]

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

E-discovery tool wins Ryerson’s Artificial Intelligence Legal Challenge  Chris Bentley, Puneet Tiwari, Nilesh Pandey, Steve Huang, Paul Suk, Dennis Ye, Lynn Norris, Hersh Perlis

Evichat, an e-discovery tool that reviews mobile and social media communications, has won the Artificial Intelligence Legal Challenge, beating out five other startups for the first place prize of $40,000 in seed money. ... [read more]

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

Supreme Court welcomes its newest member as Martin dons the red robes Sheilah Martin

When Supreme Court Justice Sheilah Martin’s proud father drove her back and forth to the train that took her from a Montreal suburb to McGill University’s law school, her dad assured her she had the right stuff to one day join the nation’s highest court. ... [read more]

Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 10:22 AM

B.C. Appeal Court rules judge ‘made his own findings of fact’ in custody case Thomas Wallwork

The B.C. Court of Appeal has overturned a decision of a lower court judge to allow relocation in a child custody case, saying the judge erred by admitting new evidence on appeal and in essence continued the trial, thus exceeding the scope of appellate review. ... [read more]