What are “motions” and how can I help a woman bring one?

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Women who have experienced abuse often need orders more quickly than the regular family court process provides them. Motions are a way for people to ask the court for short-term orders on any of the issues that have been raised in the Application or Answer. These orders are usually called interim or temporary and run…

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Recent case: The function of appeals and determining judge bias

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Van Wieren v Bush, 2015 ONSC 4104 The father appealed to the Superior Court of Justice against an Ontario Court of Justice trial decision about custody and access, claiming that the trial judge, Justice Hardman, was biased against him, failed to consider the best interests of the child and made an order that was contrary…

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Part 2: How can I help a woman disclose abuse?

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In Part 1 of this FAQ, I explored some of the reasons why many women find it hard to talk about their experiences of abuse as well as why they need to share this information. This week, I’ll provide tips for supporting women so they can disclose abuse. Your job to help a woman open…

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