What is financial abuse?

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You may have been subjected to financial abuse during your relationship, and it may be continuing now that you have left. This kind of abuse is common, and can take many forms, including: Your partner controls the money and makes all the spending decisions He gives you a spending allowance and you have to account…

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What is a section 30 custody assessment?

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Section 30 of the Children’s Law Reform Act allows a judge to order a custody and access assessment in certain circumstances. As you will see in the discussion below, section 30 assessments are somewhat different than assessments conducted by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Section 30 assessment orders are not routine; before a judge…

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Are accommodations are available at family court for a woman who has PTSD?

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The courts, like all government and public institutions and agencies, are required to comply with Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which is intended to ensure that all people with disabilities have full and equal access to all public services in the province. Realities to consider Before we look at what accommodations are available…

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How can I co-parent safely with an abusive ex-partner?

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To maintain their control, abusers often seek shared custody of the children when the relationship ends. Today’s Parent interviewed Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, and other Canadian experts on ways to co-parent with an abusive-ex-partner. These include: Making a safety plan Creating a safe child exchange Avoid contact with the abuser Don’t take the…

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