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Court etiquette: How should I behave in family court?

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When you go to family court, you will be focused on thinking about your case. Good manners may be the last thing on your mind. However, your case will move along more smoothly and you may feel more comfortable while

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What is a parenting plan? Part 2

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This is the second of two blog posts on parenting plans. In the first post we examined the purposes of a parenting plan and reviewed key components of the best interests of the child test. In this post, we’ll set

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What is a parenting plan? Part 1

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Whether a woman is preparing her parenting plan during or after her court case, the basic principles remain the same. This is the first of two blog posts on parenting plans. In this post we’ll examine the purposes of a

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Case law: Variation of spousal support

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Black v Black 2015 CarswellNB 449: This is a Court of Appeal decision from New Brunswick, involving a marriage of just over 8 years, with no prior cohabitation and no children. The Court of Appeal characterized it as a short-term

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Updates to Luke’s Place websites’ privacy policy, terms and conditions

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We have updated the terms and conditions for using this website (lukesplace.ca) and FamilyCourtAndBeyond.ca. These are the areas where we have made changes: We have tried to make the language as clear as possible about your rights and responsibilities as

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Case law: Setting aside a marriage contract

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Shair v Shair 2015 CarswellOnt 14332: Mr. and Mrs. Shair signed a marriage contract a month before they got married in 1996. When they separated some years later and the husband sought a divorce, the wife brought a motion to set

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Changes to the Family Law Rules

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Changes to the Family Law Rules for Ontario came into effect on July 1, 2018. These include New confirmation forms for motions New confirmation forms for conferences Changes to the rules and timelines for service for conferences and motions These

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Family Court and Beyond: New website, new workbook, new workshops from Luke’s Place

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our latest initiative, Family Court and Beyond. Designed for women who are leaving abusive relationships and are involved in family court processes, this package offers a wide array of information and tools. The

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Divorce Act changes and violence against women

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Listen to Pamela Cross, Luke’s Place Legal Director, discuss changes to the Divorce Act with host Julie Lalonde on CHUO 89.1FM today at 5PM. A recording of the interview will be available on the CHUO site. Read more about these

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The importance of family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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Since 2003, Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee consistently finds that a history of domestic violence and pending or recent separation are the first and second highest risk factors for lethality in domestic homicides. Yet there is no universal family

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