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Increase focus on case conferences to address court delays

An increased focus on case conferences would ease some of the burden faced by the family court system across the country, says Toronto family lawyer  Richard Diamond . ... Read more

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Family violence can impact custody, access decisions

While evidence of domestic violence does not impact the financial outcome of a separation, it can   factor into decisions around child custody and access, says Vaughan ... Read more

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Judge says treat high conflict parents like children

By Jennifer Samara Shuber In an earlier blog post, I made reference to a November 2016 decision of the Honourable Mr. Justice Alex Pazaratz and his denunciation of the ... Read more

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Non-compliance with orders a major source of frustration

Non-compliance with court orders is one the most difficult — and frustrating — aspects of family law, says Ottawa family lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan . ... Read more

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Exes must prove they aren't under-employed in support disputes

Ex-spouses can’t intentionally change their employment situation to get out of paying child or spousal support, Toronto-area family lawyer Andrew Feldstein tells the ... Read more

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Adjusting parenting arrangements after a move

Custody disputes arising after one parent moves away can be some of the most “intractable” conflicts often leading to arbitration or litigation, says Oakville ... Read more

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Five tips for finding a family lawyer that is the right fit

By Sharon Silbert With hundreds of lawyers serving the residents of Niagara, selecting someone to help you navigate your legal matters can feel like an overwhelming task. ... Read more

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Determination of income when a payor’s income fluctuates

By Andrew Feldstein Quiquero v. Quiquero , 2016 ONSC 6696: This recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice provides guidance for lawyers and future courts with ... Read more

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‘Unplanned parenthood’ claim dismissed, woman awarded costs

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Court of Appeal  recently upheld the dismissal  of a claim filed by a man who sued his former sexual partner after she became pregnant ... Read more

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Stopping cellphone videoing in custody cases

By Jennifer Samara Shuber Cellphone videos and photos have become an epidemic in family law cases. Almost every client who comes in the door wants to show me a video of ... Read more

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Thai approach to mindfulness an eye-opener

Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars  continues to learn lessons from her recent Buddhist trip to Thailand.    Kopping-Pavars, principal of NKP ... Read more

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Strong social media evidence helpful in family law matters

The amount of information available on social media sites today is proving to be “a gold mine” for litigation, Toronto family lawyer  Steven Benmor tells The ... Read more

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Court not the best option for grandparents in custody disputes

Resorting to litigation is not always the best option for grandparents seeking access to their grandchildren, says Toronto area family lawyer Ella Aiaseh . New provincial ... Read more

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Make family court great again

By Lisa Gelman and Jeffrey Mammon Has the Donald Trump presidency, with his rallying cry to “Make America Great Again,” ushered in a new era of political ... Read more

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Mediation best option for grandparent access matters

New legislation that amends two sections of the  Children’s Law Reform Act  to specifically include grandparents may lead to an increase in cases before the courts ... Read more

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Pets are property, not children: judge

A Saskatchewan court decision should serve as a reminder that Canadian law does not treat family pets in the same way as children, no matter how much their owners might like them ... Read more

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Conflicting decisions regarding costs

By Andrew Feldstein Anderson v. Anderson  2016 ONSC 7774: This recent decision from the Superior Court of Justice clarifies the confusion for family law counsel in ... Read more

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Paralegals in family law a 'complex' issue

By Salvatore Mannella The Family Legal Services Review has recently recommended that paralegals be allowed to work some family law cases without the supervision of a lawyer. ... Read more

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Determining pet custody in divorce best settled out of court

With the courts unwilling to deal with contentious pet custody issues, it falls to divorcing owners to sort it out themselves, says Calgary and Vancouver family lawyer   ... Read more

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The lawyer’s role in the collaborative process

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently had the opportunity to review a lawyer’s role in the collaborative process when the husband in a ... Read more

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