Month: January 2015

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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Luke’s Place is hiring

Legal Support Worker/Family Court Support Worker:  Luke’s Place is seeking a part time, experienced, Legal Support Worker to provide professional delivery of its innovative programs and services to woman abuse survivors. Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume in

What is the role of violence (including separation violence) in custody and access cases?

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The presence of violence in the family is an important consideration in custody and access cases. It is, as we discuss below, one of the factors in the best interests of the child test. However, this does not mean that

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What is the best interests of the child test?

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Judges use the “best interests of the child” test when they are making decisions about custody and access. This test is set out in section 24 of the Children’s Law Reform Act as follows: 24(2) The court shall consider all

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What is imputing income?

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From time to time, the court will impute income in a child support case. This means the judge finds that the amount of income the parent who is paying support is claiming is not a fair reflection of what they

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