Where should a custody case be heard?

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The case of Dovigi v Razi [2012] O.J. No. 2418 2012 ONCA 361, which deals with this issue, was heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal. During her pregnancy, the woman ended her relationship with her partner. When she was 7 months pregnant, she left Ontario, where the couple had been living, and went to…

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Verbal abuse by text

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The Family Law Act allows a spouse to seek an order for exclusive possession of the matrimonial home. Violence is one of the criteria to be considered by the court when dealing with such an application. A recent Ontario case — Menchella v Menchella, 2012 ONSC 6304 — has considered the meaning of that requirement…

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Unrepresented litigants: Obligations of the lawyer

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The Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body for lawyers and paralegals in Ontario, recently provided an e-bulletin to assist lawyers who are dealing with self-represented litigants on the other side in a case. The information it contains is helpful to anyone working with women who are unrepresented or with women who have lawyers…

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