UPDATE August 7/19: Lead by OAITH, our submission was endorsed by almost twenty Ontario women’s organizations. Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, Lindsey Park, has commenced a review of family and civil legislation, regulations, and processes. The review will explore ways to simplify family and civil court processes, reduce costs and delays, and encourage the…

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This is the third in a series of posts from the Luke’s Place submission to the review underway by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, Lindsey Park, on family and civil legislation, regulations, and processes. Streamlining the processes to shorten the time to resolution We fully support the notion of shortening the time it…

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A review of Ontario’s family and civil legislation, regulations, and processes by the Ministry of the Attorney General is underway. Submissions will be accepted until July 31, 2019. The review is looking at three key issues: direct family law matters out of a combative court process, where possible; reduce the cost of the process to…

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In the late 1980s, a new phrase started to pop up in American and then Canadian family courts: parental alienation syndrome (PAS). Originally coined by American psychiatrist Richard Gardner, the term was used to describe situations where one parent intentionally interfered with the children’s relationships with the other. (It might be more accurate to say…

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