Author: Pamela Cross

How can I support a client who has left a forced marriage?

Forced marriage is a practice in which a marriage takes place without the free consent of either or both of the people getting married. Arranged marriage can appear similar to forced marriage, inasmuch as family members are involved in selecting

Posted in For service providers, Frequently asked questions Tagged with:

Basic facts about marriage and divorce

People must be at least 18 years of age to marry in Ontario. People as young as 16 years of age can marry if they have the written consent of both sets of parents. People of the same sex can

Posted in For service providers, For women Tagged with: ,

What is Ontario doing to address violence against Indigenous women?

woman's hand holding a child's hand

Indigenous communities in Ontario have worked collaboratively with the provincial government to develop Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. Why? The strategy is built on the recognition that First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in

Posted in Current events, New resources Tagged with: , , ,

My ex-partner is using family court to continue harassing me. Is this legal bullying?

thoughtful young woman

One particular example of the ongoing abuse many women experience when they leave their partner is legal bullying, especially in family court. This abuse/bullying can take many forms. One of the most common is that the abuser decides to represent

Posted in For women, Frequently asked questions Tagged with: ,

Case law: Consequences for ongoing lack of disclosure

hands on a book

In Manchanda v Thethi 2016 ONSC 3776, Justice Myers begins his decision in this case about financial disclosure by asking: “When is enough, enough?” It is easy to see why he posed this question, as there had been more than

Posted in Case law Tagged with: , ,

What is a Voice of the Child Report?

mother holding daughter who looks content

A relatively new concept in Canada, voice of the child reports are one technique to ensure that children have the opportunity to be heard in custody proceedings. Such a report, sometimes known as the views of the child, provides information

Posted in For service providers, For women, Frequently asked questions Tagged with: , ,

What is custody and access?

mother holding daughter who looks content

When parents separate, they have to decide on appropriate living arrangements for the children. Until these issues are resolved, both parents have an equal legal right to have the custody of their children. Legally, custody refers to decision-making responsibility. A

Posted in For women Tagged with: , , ,

Case law: Financial bullying as family violence

mom consoling toddler girl

Hokhold v Gerbrandt 2015 BCCA 268 is a British Columbia case, so it is not binding on Ontario cases. As well the B.C. Family Law Act contains a number of provisions that are different from those in Ontario’s legislation. Nonetheless,

Posted in Case law Tagged with: , , ,

What is arbitration?

woman holding a little boy

Many legal issues arise when a couple separates: custody and access, financial issues and dividing the family property are often the most pressing. Some people decide to attempt to resolve these issues without going to court and use one of

Posted in For service providers, For women, Frequently asked questions Tagged with: , ,

What are the time limitations on applying for spousal support or a division of family property?

thoughtful young woman

UPDATED (from April 2015): Women who leave abusive relationships are often reluctant to pursue their financial rights. There are many reasons for this. Some women don’t know they may have a right to share in the family property or to

Posted in For service providers, Frequently asked questions Tagged with: , ,