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Published on: 30 Mar 2022 By

Who gets the pet during separation or divorce?

So, you’ve just separated from your partner and now face the daunting task of deciding who will get to keep the beloved family pet. In some situations, the matter is resolved without much consideration for family law in Ontario. Sometimes the party that brought a pet into the relationship ca…

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Published on: 19 Jan 2022 By

Does a father have unequal rights to parent?

In family law, there is a long-held misconception that mothers will be favoured over fathers for decision-making responsibility (custody) and parenting time (access). Back in the 1950s, courts firmly held that young children should spend the majority of time with their mother in what was cal…

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Published on: 22 Dec 2021 By

So, you want to settle your family law case?

Family law disputes can be especially challenging for the couple involved. They are never easy. Often, the participants are parents who share children. Sometimes, they are shareholders who share a business. The point is that there is a lot at stake. The issues are very personal and there is …

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Published on: 31 Aug 2021 By

New rules for mobility and relocation for parents

Mobility or relocation is an issue that commonly arises for clients. The client may want to move for an employment opportunity, a new relationship, etc. So what are your rights and responsibility’s with respect to the issue of mobility when you have a child? The rules regarding to a parent’s…

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Published on: 6 May 2021 By

What is a Case Conference before a Dispute Resolution Officer?

The Dispute Resolution Program (DRO) program is available in certain locations of the Superior Court of Justice, Family Court, including London, Toronto, Brampton, Milton, Newmarket, Hamilton, Barrie, Durham, and St. Catharines. Family law Case Conferences All family law cases, if they follo…

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Published on: 4 May 2021 By

The benefits of separation agreements: Lessons from Bill and Melinda Gates

On Monday, May 3, 2021, Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were ending their marriage after 27 years. Having kept their separation quiet until now, the pair have been working quietly behind the scenes with their lawyers to come to a separation contract, or a “Separation Agreement” as we c…

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Published on: 16 Apr 2021 By

Can adultery be used as a reason for divorce?

Three grounds for divorce In Canada the laws related to divorce are governed by the Divorce Act, which effective March 1, 2021 underwent some significant amendments. The Divorce Act is federal legislation, so it applies all across Canada. The Divorce Act sets out what must occur prior to a C…

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Published on: 14 Oct 2020 By

Big changes on the way for child relocation/mobility cases

In September 2020, the Ontario government introduced Bill 207 – the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020. If passed (as expected), this Bill will amend Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act (“CLRA”) and other Acts respecting various family law matters. The proposed amendments are largel…

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Published on: 25 May 2020 By

Amendments to the Divorce Act (Bill C-78) a shift to “parenting time” and “parental decision-making”

In May 2018 Bill C-78 Act to Amend the Divorce Act as well as the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act and make consequential amendments to another Act was introduced to Parliament. This Bill when enacted will amend the…

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