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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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“I was lost. I did not know how to deal with the family law system. Luke’s Place was there for me every step of the way!” – Luke’s Place Client Chances are you know a friend, a neighbour, a co-worker

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Breaking the Silence to End the Violence

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The pandemic that is violence against women in this country is deeply embedded in our culture. It manifests itself in our music, television programs and movies. But it also shows up in casual conversation, as illustrated by my recent experience

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Legal Aid Certificates for Criminal Charges

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Legal Aid Ontario announced yesterday that it will be providing certificates to victims of domestic violence who are charged criminally when acting in self-defence, even if there is no likelihood that they will face jail time if convicted. For more

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I have heard that there is a court in Toronto that hears family and criminal cases together when there has been domestic violence. How does that work?

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Toronto is the site of a pilot project to integrate family and criminal cases in situations of domestic violence. This court is called the Integrated Domestic Violence Court (IDVC) and has been in operation since June 2011. The IDVC builds

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How can I support a woman who is unrepresented in family court?

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The number of litigants in family court who do not have lawyers has reached a critical point, with between 50 and 80% of cases now involving at least one party who is unrepresented. While not having a lawyer is of

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Domestic Violence Public Service Announcement to Air during Super Bowl

A 30 second public service announcement (PSA) will air during the Super Bowl addressing domestic violence. The video below is the longer version. In the message a woman calls 911 pretending to order a pizza. The message shows no direct

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Why are women sometimes charged with assaulting their partner when they are just trying to protect themselves or their kids?

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UPDATED June 2017: As discussed in an earlier FAQ, dual charging or counter charging of women is one of the direct results of the mandatory charging policy. This is a serious, if unintended, consequence, and rates of dual/counter charging remain high

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Why do the police sometimes charge an abuser even though the woman does not want them to?

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Mandatory charging is a policy in place across Canada that requires police to lay charges in domestic violence cases where the officer involved believes there is a reasonable likelihood of getting a conviction, whether or not the victim wants a

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Law Commission of Ontario releases final family law report

The Law Commission of Ontario has just released its report “Increasing Access to Family Justice Through Comprehensive Entry Points and Inclusivity.” The report provides very useful, detailed information about the nature of Ontario families in 2013, examining particular barriers faced

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