Month: April 2019

Earlier this month, Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan took a tour of Luke’s Place before presenting us with a cheque for $5,000. The donation came from proceeds from the Mayor’s Gala. Thank you, Pickering Mayor’s Gala, for the great support! Following …

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It is not uncommon for a woman to experience difficulties with her family law lawyer. The lawyer may not understand the unique dynamics in a case involving family violence. They may be good at the legal aspects of their work …

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The King Edward Hotel in downtown Toronto is not a usual hangout for violence against women types. Nonetheless, on April 17th, Luke’s Place Executive Director, Carol Barkwell and I, along with four of the founding sisters of Luke’s Place got …

Empowerment over disempowerment: OBA Awards Gala Read More »

Halliwell v. Halliwell, 2017 CarswellOnt 6391, 2017 ONCA 349 (Ont. C.A.), varying 2016 CarswellOnt 108, 2016 ONSC 182 (Ont. S.C.J.). The parties in this case were married for 32 years, during which time they were involved in several successful businesses. …

Case law: Property division and spousal support Read More »

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Track the abuse throughout your relationship by thinking about what went on at key points. Write this down; point form is fine. Take some time to organize this information before any meeting where you may have to talk about it; …

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is featured in two articles this week. The murder of Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji by her husband two days after she filed for divorce “is a text-book case of what we already know. This is …

Two articles about domestic violence Read More »

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Do staff in your agency need training on family law/court issues? Unsure what family law issues a woman might have? Want tips on how to improve her safety and experience during the family court process? Due to recent requests we’ve …

Survey: Family Law Training for Women’s Advocates in the GTA Read More »

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Virc v. Blair 2014 ONCA 392: The wife in this case is a lawyer. She met her husband when she became involved as litigation counsel to his company. They began living together in 1992. In 1993, the wife left her …

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As of April 1st, 2019, the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) has implemented increases to some of the fees payable in a family court case. Most, but not all, of these fees are related to divorce applications. MAG has …

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