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Child custody laws need sea shift social policy changes

By Gene C. Colman Social policy drives child custody laws. Until now, common "wisdom" has told us that kids are generally better off with one parent primarily; usually that ... Read more

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Language of family law needs reform

Modernizing the language of family law in Ontario could help make disputes less divisive, says Toronto family lawyer  Erin Simpson . Simpson, an associate with  ... Read more

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Can a father force a mother and child to return to Ontario?

By Lisa Gelman In a  decision  in which a father sought a court order forcing the mother of his child to return to Toronto after she moved to New Brunswick in ... Read more

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Father involvement good for children: Ludmer

Men’s studies need to go mainstream before fathers can improve their parenting rights, says Toronto family lawyer  Brian Ludmer . Ludmer, principal of  ... Read more

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More women paying support to ex-spouses

Separating or divorcing women are increasingly making support payments to their former husbands, but societal attitudes lag behind this reality, says Toronto family lawyer Steven ... Read more

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Ludmer to discuss 'How Healthy Fathers Make Healthy Families' at event

On June 14, Toronto family lawyer  Brian Ludmer will host a presentation as part of a series of events offered by the Canadian Centre for Men and Families to unite ... Read more

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Child support issues

By Andrew Feldstein This decision , written by Justice Stanley Kershman, deals with numerous child support issues including support for adult children, retroactive claims ... Read more

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Considerations for divorcing spouses in the hot housing market

The sizzling hot real estate market in the Greater Toronto Area is bringing a new element of stress to divorce, says Vaughan family lawyer Paul Mazzeo . “In the past, ... Read more

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B.C. court awards damages to accident victim for surrogacy costs

A British Columbia court’s decision to award damages to an accident victim to help cover the future cost of surrogacy could well mark a new direction for personal ... Read more

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Biological parentage does not always determine support

A  recent ruling  that deemed a claim for child support against a non-biological father as unfair and inappropriate was surprising given the early involvement the man ... Read more

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Anxious lawyers could benefit from mindfulness meditation

Anxious lawyers could benefit from regular mindful meditation, says Toronto-area family lawyer Nicolle Kopping-Pavars . A recent study by scientists at the University of ... Read more

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Independent legal advice and how it works

By Timothy N. Sullivan “I had a marriage contract drawn up by my lawyer. My lawyer said my fiancé needs to get independent legal advice before she signs it. ... Read more

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Legal costs available for self-reps in family litigation

Legal costs for successful self-represented parties help cut out bad behaviour in court, says Toronto family lawyer  Jennifer Samara Shuber . In a recent case , a judge ... Read more

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Kopping-Pavars presenting mindfulness workshop at LSUC Solo and Small Firm Conference

Toronto-area family lawyer  Nicolle Kopping-Pavars  is offering a workshop on mindfulness at the upcoming ‘Solo and Small Firm Conference 2017’, presented by ... Read more

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'Ask Andrew' show to answer audience questions June 15

The next episode of live-to-the Internet Q&A show  Ask Andrew  is set to air on June 15, hosted by Greater Toronto Area family lawyer  Andrew Feldstein ... Read more

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Jolie-Pitt split settlement makes more sense than airing dirty laundry: Feldstein

The recent agreement reached between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie after a high-profile split, might not have been what tabloids had hoped, but it made sense for both parties, says ... Read more

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Life insurance as security for child, spousal support not without flaws

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal (OCA)  ruling that allows a second wife and child to claim support from a deceased common-law husband’s life insurance policy raises ... Read more

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Proactive approach works best in child welfare cases

Parents involved with children’s services should avoid reacting in haste, as that often inflames an already stressful situation, Alberta child protection specialist Melani ... Read more

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Title trumps: the effect of placing a property in joint tenancy

By Jennifer Samara Shuber A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision has confirmed that placing a property in joint tenancy means sharing the property equally on ... Read more

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Bringing the voice of the child into mediation

Understanding a   child’s perspective can be helpful for separating spouses using mediation for custody and access disputes, says Oakville family lawyer and ... Read more

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