Year: 2015

Recent case law: Emails play role in custody decision

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McAllister v Norman, 2014 CarswellOnt 9247 (Ont. S.C.J.) offers a strong judgement in a case of what the court found to be alienation of the child by the mother and serves as a good reminder about the dangers of using

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Recent cases: Incarceration for non-payment of support

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Two recent cases – one dealing with child support and the other with spousal support – explore the appropriateness of incarcerating a payor who is in considerable arrears. In Ontario (Family Responsibility Office v Arruda, 2014 ONCJ 455, Mr Arruda

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Lawyers wanted: Virtual legal consultations, pro bono hours, CPD hours

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Lawyers committed to access to justice are encouraged to consider joining the Luke’s Place virtual legal clinic. Be part of an innovative project to provide summary legal advice to survivors of intimate partner violence. Our virtual legal clinic uses web-based

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Recent case: Admissibility of CICB decision in custody case

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Women often wonder what kinds of evidence of abuse they can introduce into their family law case. In the case of Scarlett v Farrell, 2014 ONCJ 645, the wife sought to introduce the decision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board

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Steps in a Family Law Case: Tool from CLEO

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CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) has just released an excellent new tool, Steps in a Family Law Case, which guides you through family court processes. This is a very helpful resource for service providers and women with family law issues.

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Recent case law: Costs awarded against lawyer for bringing ex parte motion

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In the case of Sangha v Sangha, 19 R.F.L. 342 (Ont. S.C.J.), the Superior Court of Justice awarded significant costs against the lawyers for the mother, who brought an unsuccessful ex parte motion against the father for custody of the

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Virtual legal clinic: Video conferencing for justice

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Luke’s Place is establishing a virtual legal clinic for women who have left abusive relationships and are involved with family court. Using web-based video conferencing, the clinic will connect women in rural and remote areas to family law lawyers elsewhere.

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Response to a murderer’s letter: Challenging journalism on violence against women

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Letter by Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, to the Ottawa Citizen: There are a number of important questions that arise from the recent article in the Ottawa Citizen entitled “Triple-murder accused Borutski likens himself to Samson in letter from

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The country we want doesn’t use fake feminism to hate

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From the Toronto Star: The election rhetoric based on fear-mongering against women who wear niqab only has traction if we all collude with its false conclusions. It turns women’s safety and rights into a political game that distracts from the

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Is there any kind of legal aid assistance for women who are involved in criminal court as a result of their partner’s abuse?

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UPDATED September 2015 ANSWER: A woman who has experienced abuse in her relationship could find herself involved in criminal court in one of two ways. She might be the complainant/witness because her partner has been charged or she might have

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