Year: 2018

Case law: Child support variation for adult children

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Colucci v. Colucci, 2017 ONCA 892: This Court of Appeal decision established that the court has jurisdiction to vary child support under s.17 of the Divorce Act even after the children are over the age of 18 and therefore no

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Extending access to justice in Durham: Thanks to local foundations!

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Thank you to the Durham Community Foundation and the William F. Hayball Foundation for contributing to Luke’s Place. Because of this support, more women and children leaving abuse will receive free legal support. Through DCF, the Ajax Community Fund contribution

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How can I support a woman who needs help from the Family Responsibility Office?

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The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is a program of the Ministry of Community and Social Services that collects and distributes court-ordered child and spousal support payments. If the person paying support fails to do so, FRO can enforce the court

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Family Court Support Workers: Celebrating an effective response to violence against women

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Workers in Ontario’s shelters for women and children fleeing abuse have been providing support to women involved with family court for decades. Occasionally funded through short-term grants, sometimes with resources provided by community fund-raising and often just tacked on to

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Case law: Parental alienation

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Fiorito v. Wiggins, 2017 ONCA 765:The mother and father married in 1998, separated in 2008 and have three children together. This is a case of parental alienation on the part of the mother and the use of bankruptcy proceedings by

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Resources for women as they work with lawyers

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How can a woman make the most of her time with a lawyer? How can she know if a lawyer is a good fit for her case? What can she do if she doesn’t feel that her lawyer is serving

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Remarks to the Standing Committee on Bill C-78

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On November 22, 2018, Luke’s Place testified as a witness before the Standing Committee on Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act. In collaboration with the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Luke’s Place prepared a

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Changing Canada’s Divorce Act: Luke’s Place remarks on Bill C-78

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The Bill C-78 hearing Luke’s Place and NAWL have submitted a Joint Brief on Bill C-78 and will testify as witnesses before the Standing Committee in Ottawa on Wednesday November 22 at 5:30. Our brief was endorsed by over 40 organizations,

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How can a woman stop her abusive ex from stealing her identity?

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We are all familiar with the tactic of financial abuse during a relationship. This abuse can continue and take on new forms after separation. One of those new forms is identity theft, in which the abusive partner steals his partner’s

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Family Court and Beyond: Order Workbooks and Organizers for your clients!

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Our beautiful Family Court and Beyond Survival Workbook and Organizer are now available for purchase. To limit our costs and keep the price low for agencies, the two booklets can be ordered only in sets of ten. Ten copies of

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