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Lines between civil, criminal law often blurred in domestic violence cases

In part two of a three-part series on domestic violence, Toronto family lawyer Jennifer Daudlin looks at the intersection of criminal and family law and how there is sometimes ... Read more

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Seek legal advice before giving money to adult children

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision shows why parents should get legal advice before advancing funds to their adult children, Ottawa family lawyer  Timothy N. Sullivan ... Read more

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The position of executor: from cradle to grave – Part V

By Avi Dahary for AdvocateDaily.com Personal and Estate Income Tax Part  four  of this series covered the executor’s duty to ascertain and discharge ... Read more

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Challenging a separation agreement

By Usman Sadiq You’ve signed a separation agreement, but now you regret it. Is it too late? Can you challenge a separation agreement? It depends. In most cases, a ... Read more

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Upfront Teichert laser-focused on clients' best interests

Clients of Toronto family lawyer Tyler Teichert should prepare themselves for some upfront and open legal advice. “I’m pretty direct,” he tells  ... Read more

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Overturned family law arbitration offers guidance to all parties

A Superior Court decision offers valuable lessons for arbitrators and counsel involved in family law arbitrations, Toronto family lawyers Michael Stangarone and Stephen Kirby ... Read more

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Confidentiality, creativity of mediation helpful in wealthy divorces

In high-net-worth divorces where equalization and support can be more complex, parties may want to enter into more creative and flexible solutions through mediation, Toronto ... Read more

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When is imprisonment appropriate for non-payment of support arrears?

By Lisa Gelman A  recent Ontario decision  examined both default hearings as well as how and when a jail committal order is appropriate to enforce  spousal ... Read more

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Study boosts case for presumption of equal shared parenting

The federal government should carefully reconsider its landmark family law reforms to take account of “game-changing” research on the value of equal shared parenting ... Read more

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Am I separated from my spouse?

By Marcus Sixta One question that often arises is “am I separated?” On the face of it, this seems like a simple issue, but if you are living in the same home as ... Read more

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Financial disclosure and the cost of high-conflict divorce

A complex family law dispute — in which the Indigenous ex-partners even contradict each other on whether they cohabitated — could drag through the courts for ... Read more

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What happens when divorced parents can’t agree?

By Andrew Feldstein In this case , the parties involved had a shared parenting arrangement for their four-year-old child. The judge ordered that the mother could make ... Read more

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Donovan channels Matlock in advocacy for family law clients

During more than a decade at the bar, spent largely in the courtroom advocating zealously for her clients, Fredericton family lawyer Jennifer Donovan has heard her practice ... Read more

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Assigning monetary value to embryo may conflict with AHRA’s intent

A case involving a divorced couple fighting over the fate of an embryo highlights the tension between provisions in the Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHRA) and the Family ... Read more

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Voice of the Child reports now offered throughout Ontario

While children can’t decide their own fate when their parents divorce, they do have a say in the process, says Toronto family lawyer  Lisa Gelman . The problem is ... Read more

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Expanding use of paralegals could help family court with self-reps

Those going through a divorce and making an appearance in court should hire a lawyer — or at least be coached by one, says Toronto family lawyer  Usman Sadiq ... Read more

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Family law: access to justice in crisis

In some Canadian jurisdictions, almost two-thirds of all family law cases have at least one self-represented party who attends court without the help of a lawyer, which is taxing ... Read more

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How does one get a divorce?

By Steven Benmor To get married in Ontario, the spouses attend City Hall and purchase a marriage certificate. However, in order to be divorced, the same two spouses need to ... Read more

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OCA ruling likely to reverberate across Indigenous families: Jordan

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision  involving a dispute between a multimillionaire First Nations businessman and his former spouse will have major ripple effects, Toronto ... Read more

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Parental alienation allegations not a 'secret weapon' in court

Parental alienation — a method of manipulation often used by parents during a contested divorce — can include a range of behaviours in varying degrees of severity, ... Read more

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