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In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal has upheld a trial court decision, which granted an unequal division of net family property. The parties in the case of Stetco v Stetco, 2014 ONCA 370, had been married for 32 years. At trial, the judge found the husband’s abusive conduct during the marriage to…

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When a domestic contract is enforceable is the main issue in a recent case – Martin v Sansome 2014 ONCA 14 – decided by the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The parties were married for 10 years. The husband’s parents owned a dairy farm and milk quota and offered the couple the opportunity to live…

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An Ontario case from earlier this year (Chickwanda v Bell, 2014 ONCJ 174 (CanLII)) allowed the Ontario Court of Justice to explore circumstances when it is appropriate to terminate access by a father to his children. In this case, the mother had sole custody of the couple’s two children from the time of separation. The father…

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The case of Boudreault v Charles, 2014 ONCJ 273 (XanLII) explores the factors for a judge to consider when hearing a motion for an interim order to relocate a child. In this case, the mother already had interim custody and the father had supervised access to the 3-year-old child. The access occurred weekly at a…

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Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is investing $600,000 over three years in a partnership with Luke’s Place, a centre devoted solely to improving the safety and experience of abused women and their children as they proceed through the family law process. This investment is to help improve access to justice for women who have experienced domestic…

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Courts do not issue permanent restraining orders readily, but they are possible to obtain. The court must be satisfied that the woman’s fear is both reasonable and ongoing and that there is little or no reason to think that fear will end. The success or failure of an application for a permanent restraining order rests…

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The Children’s Law Reform Act section 5 states: “The entitlement to access to a child includes . . . the same right as a parent to make inquiries and to be given information as to the health, education and welfare of the child.” Generally, this provision refers to school report cards and medical/health care records.…

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