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Apart but working together to raise children

Divorce is never easy, but when kids are involved, adjusting to the new reality can be the most difficult time of your life, says Pickering family lawyer Angela Princewill ... Read more

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First families first: Heft

By Reesa Heft In this 2008 Ontario Court of Appeal case , the payor husband remarried and started a new family, arguing that the financial responsibility for his new family ... Read more

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SCC adopts hybrid approach to international custody issues

A Supreme Court of Canada ruling on resolving international custody disputes didn't clearly settle the issues it intended to clarify, says Toronto family lawyer  Ryan McNeil ... Read more

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Divorce financing levels playing field for litigants: Feldstein

Divorce financing can help tackle family law’s access-to-justice crisis, Markham family law lawyer  Andrew Feldstein  tells  AdvocateDaily.com . In a ... Read more

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'Child-focused' language unlikely to mitigate family conflict: Sullivan

Federal legislation that proposes "child-focused" language will likely do little to mitigate conflict between parties with children, Ottawa family lawyer and civil litigator ... Read more

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Liberal government introduces measures to update Canada's family laws

OTTAWA — The federal government has introduced new legislation that aims to help families settle disputes outside court, emphasize the well-being of impacted children and ... Read more

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SCC, family law bar divided on habitual residence test

The Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) split decision on a child’s habitual residence in Hague Convention matters reflects the divide in the bar on the issue, Toronto ... Read more

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Co-mediation makes for cathartic divorce settlements

Two mediators are often better than one, Toronto family lawyer, mediator and parenting co-ordinator  Steven Benmor tells AdvocateDaily.com . Benmor, principal ... Read more

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Common law spouses and claims for constructive trust

By Lisa Gelman The  Ontario Court of Appeal  recently grappled with the important question of when a common-law partner’s claim for a constructive trust ... Read more

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No material change: court dismisses motion to reinstate access

By Andrew Feldstein This motion was brought by a father who sought to reinstate access to his eight-year-old son, who he had not seen in six years. The father also sought ... Read more

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Resources for family law cases subject to Hague Convention

Family law litigants serving documents abroad must make sure they do so in compliance with an international convention on the subject, Brampton lawyer-linguist  Suzanne ... Read more

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Marriage, cohabitation contracts offer couples protection

Marriage and cohabitation agreements offer couples the best protection for their assets should the relationship come to an end, Toronto family lawyer Rick Peticca  tells ... Read more

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Cohabitation agreement can save thousands in future legal fees

Having a conversation with your common-law partner about how assets will be divided in the event of a breakup might be uncomfortable but it’s important, Toronto family ... Read more

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Abused men’s shelter challenges myths, stereotypes

The Canadian Shelter for Abused Men and Children will be the first of its kind in Canada, providing  services  to men only, but it needs $150,000 more in donations ... Read more

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Marchetti welcomes new judge positions in budget

Toronto family lawyer  Christine Marchetti is eagerly awaiting the extra judges promised to Ontario in the federal budget. The budget , introduced earlier this year in ... Read more

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Can child support arrears be cancelled? - an update

By Gene C. Colman I wrote the article that you will see  below  (well at the bottom of this page) in early 1997. That's 21 years ago! While there have certainly ... Read more

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Agreements to arbitrate in family law

By Lisa Gelman The Ontario Superior Court of Justice  recently considered  the question of when a court may or may not find that an order to arbitrate a family law ... Read more

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Dispelling mediation myths

A growing number of separating couples are opting to mediate the issues flowing from their marriage and separation without having counsel attend with them, says Toronto ... Read more

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Parenting co-ordinators assist in divorce proceedings: Benmor

The move toward shared- and joint-custody arrangements and away from sole custody has led to a recognition that parenting co-ordinators are needed to ensure a child’s ... Read more

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Decision may signal new remedies for custody of family pets

The ethical treatment of animals has been an ongoing trend in modern society, but have we reached a point where courts are considering the best interests of the family pet in ... Read more

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