Month: February 2020

Many women who leave abusive relationships are dealing with multiple legal issues, each of which has an impact on the other(s). When there is a family law case, a child protection investigation, criminal charges and/or family members’ status in Canada …

Family law, criminal law and immigration issues: Webinar on intersecting legal issues Read More »

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Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, will amend more than 20 existing pieces of legislation. Of particular concern to advocates for women fleeing abuse are the proposed revisions to the Legal Aid Services Act 1998. While it is …

Bill 161 could jeopardize access to justice for women fleeing abuse Read More »

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Twenty-three years ago, three-and-a-half-year-old Luke was killed by his father on his first unsupervised access visit after Luke’s mother had tried to get a family court order for supervised access, because of her concerns for her son’s safety. In the …

One death is one too many: Child custody, access and domestic violence homicides Read More »

Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, v. K.B., 2018 ONCJ 650 While this case does not pertain to family violence, in it Justice Sager makes relevant comments on the legislative interpretation of the Child, Youth and Family Services …

Recent case: Interpreting the access test of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act Read More »

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Property division after separation depends on whether the couple was married or living common-law. A domestic contract lets a couple set their own terms in their relationship. A domestic contract is a legal agreement. Domestic contracts include cohabitation agreements, marriage …

Moving in or getting married? Why a domestic contract matters Read More »

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Kunuthur v. Govindareddigari, 2018 ONCA 730: The parents married in 2004 and lived in the United States where their son was born as an American citizen. The family moved to Brampton in 2011, when their son was 6 years old, …

Recent case: Habitual residence, jurisdiction and custody Read More »

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