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Monday, July 24, 2017 @ 8:26 AM

Alberta report snapshot of nature and scale of family disputes | John-Paul Boyd

A new report from the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family analyzes data collected by the federal Department of Justice from Alberta divorce files in 2011, focusing on timelines in the divorce process, parenting orders and child support orders. The report reaches a number of interesting conclusions, especially when the data is analyzed by gender and by the mention of family violence. ... [read more]

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:17 AM

Ottawa women’s shelter given grant to assist study of family court system

Harmony House, a women’s shelter in Ottawa, has been given a federal grant to support its study of Canada’s family court system and to raise recommendations to make the system better. ... [read more]

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 @ 9:25 AM

Why so many family law cases are difficult to settle

There are a number of reasons family law cases are hard to settle. Here are some of the main impediments. ... [read more]

Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

When couples choose collaboration, not litigation Savin

After years of practising family litigation, Nicola Savin grew increasingly frustrated with its timelines, lack of problem-solving and copious amounts of paper production. “I felt that I wasn’t part of the solution,” she said. “I felt that I was part of the problem.” ... [read more]

Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 9:24 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 @ 9:35 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 @ 9:31 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 @ 8:45 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 @ 8:49 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 @ 8:48 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]