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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

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

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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

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What is a Voice of the Child Report?

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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

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What is custody and access?

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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

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What is arbitration?

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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

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Can a woman limit her ex-partner’s use of social media?

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Use of social media has reached almost unbelievable levels. According to Facebook, more than 1 billion people around the world are members, and Twitter claims to have almost a billion accounts. On top of that, millions of people use text

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Unfounded: Police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault cases as “baseless”

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is interviewed about sexual assault in response to the Globe and Mail article, “Unfounded.” The Globe investigation, conducted by Robin Doolittle, explores how police respond to sexual assault allegations. The result is a national

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What is the Family Responsibility Office?

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The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is part of Ontario’s Ministry of Community and Social Services. It is responsible for collecting and distributing child and spousal support orders. Where the person paying the support is not doing so, FRO can take

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What is the Supervised Access Program?

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The Supervised Access Program makes it possible for separated families to deal with some of the problems related to custody and access, particularly when there are safety concerns for either the primary parent or the children. The Ministry of the

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What is parenting coordination?

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Parenting coordination is a form of alternative dispute resolution that can assist parents implement their parenting plan, usually after a court order for custody and access is in place. Parenting coordinators (PC) are often mental health professionals, but lawyers and

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