Recent case: Police enforcement clauses

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The case of Patterson v Powell 2014 ONSC 1419 addresses the issue of police enforcement clauses in custody and access orders. Justice Pazaratz is not inclined to include these clauses. The enforceability of family court orders is a serious issue for many of the women with whom we work. Certainly, where there has been a…

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Recent case: Joint custody not appropriate

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In the case of Moreira v Garcia Dominguez 2012 ONCJ 128, the mother sought an order for sole custody of the couple’s son, born in 2003, with regular access to the father and the father sought an order for joint custody with primary residence of the child to be with the mother. He wanted a…

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Tips on dealing with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer

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Many of the women we work with become involved with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (the OCL). This FAQ provides some background information about the OCL, how it can become involved in a custody and access dispute and the role it plays and then suggests some tips to support women who are dealing with…

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Recent case: Sole custody order replaces joint custody

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In the case of S.S. v S.K. 2013 ONCJ 432, the court imposed a sole custody order in a situation where the parents had previously had joint custody of their 8-year-old daughter. The child’s primary residence was with the mother and saw her father for a single overnight visit every other weekend and Sunday day…

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