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Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 12:08 PM

Milton courthouse workers concerned about health impact of mould in building

Workers at the Milton courthouse are worried about their health after a mould problem in the building shut down in-person court proceedings last week. “We’re trying to figure out if the judges aren’t there, why are our people there?” Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union (OPSEU) official Neil Martin told The Lawyer’s Daily. ... [read more]

Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 11:25 AM

No longer secret: Negotiating openness between adoptive and biological families Two mothers with baby

Adoptions are no longer shrouded in secrecy like they used to be. Although many adoptions used to be closely guarded family secrets, the majority of domestic adoptions these days are “open” — meaning there is contact or information exchanged between the adoptive family and biological family. ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 2:07 PM

Legal helping hand needed in uncertain times | Meena Ansari

At the top of my law school application, I wrote out the hope of who I wanted to be: “A strong voice for those who have been overlooked by Canadian society.” ... [read more]

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 @ 10:38 AM

A long time coming: Changes to the Divorce Act Wedding rings on word divorce

On March 1, 2021, An Act to Amend the Divorce Act, the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act (Bill C-78) will come into force, ushering in the first substantive changes to the Divorce Act in over 30 years. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

When Hague Convention intersects with domestic law Teddy bear in window

When a return application is brought in Ontario following a child’s abduction, the court must determine whether to proceed under the Hague Convention of Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction or s. 40 of the Children’s Law Reform Act. Although similar in many respects, the two applications have fundamental differences, as highlighted by the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Geliedan v. Rawdah 2020 ONCA 254. ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 8:25 AM

Disclosure in family court and the need for co-counsel two_counsel_sm

Family law matters have become increasingly complex. Managing a family law trial now involves the usual presentation of evidence but the extent of documentary evidence necessary has greatly expanded with the focus on disclosure as articulated in a number decisions of the Court of Appeal (see Justice Mary Lou Benotto’s comments in Roberts v. Roberts 2015 ONCA 450 and Justice William Hourigan’s comments in Leitch v. Novac 2020 ONCA 257). ... [read more]

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 @ 7:53 AM

MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT - Child support - Calculation or attribution of income

Appeal by the mother from a child support award. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 9:40 AM

Victims of violence petition headed to Ottawa; could help unmuzzle Mounties Jo_Anne_Dusel_sm

A petition in Saskatchewan to have federal privacy laws changed to allow the Mounties in that province to participate in alerting people of possible risk of violence at the hands of a romantic partner is on its way to the House of Commons. ... [read more]

Monday, October 19, 2020 @ 8:25 AM

ADOPTION - Age and suitability of applicants - Grounds for refusal

Appeal by prospective adoptive parents from a decision dismissing their application for judicial review of the Minister’s decision that the appellants did not meet the criteria to be approved as prospective adopting parents. ... [read more]

Friday, October 16, 2020 @ 2:37 PM

Lessons from Dr. Dre: Is your high-powered trademark ready for divorce or death? Womanwithheadphones

Dr. Dre is an American rapper and his solo debut studio album in 1992, The Chronic, made him one of the best-selling American music artists of 1993 and earned him a Grammy. ... [read more]