Author: Pamela Cross

How can I support women to be as safe as possible after their family law case is over?

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The family court process can be long and difficult. By the time it is over, many women are often exhausted and sick and tired of dealing with their former partner. Many also assume the battle is over; that the court

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Do children need a safety plan?

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Many thanks to Miranda Brijlall, articling student at Luke’s Place, who prepared this response with assistance from Legal Director, Pamela Cross. In circumstances of family violence, children as well as their mothers need to take care of themselves by developing

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Case law: Privacy of child’s OCL records

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Ontario (Children’s Lawyer) V. Ontario (Information and Privacy Commissioner) 2018 ONCA 559: This case, eventually decided by the Ontario Court of Appeal earlier this year, addresses the privacy of children’s records kept by the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. A

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Case law: Withdrawal from parental control

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R.G. v. K.G. et al. [Indexed as: G. (R.) v. G. (K.)], 136 O.R. (3d) 689:  When they separated, the parents of G entered into an agreement that the father would have custody of her until her 18th birthday and the

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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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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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Case law: Equalization, spousal support and costs

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Berta v. Berta 2017 ONCA 874:  The parties were married for 27 years, from 1982 to 2010. They had no children. They owned equal shares of a business created by the husband during the marriage. When they separated in March 2010,

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Is conjoint counselling ever appropriate in situations of woman abuse?

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This FAQ builds on work done by others: a paper written by Julie Shaw and a published paper written by Sandra M. Stith and Eric E. McCollum. There are different opinions about whether or not it is appropriate for a

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What is independent legal advice and when does a women need it?

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Before a woman signs any kind of agreement related to her family law issues, she should obtain independent legal advice (ILA). This means she needs to meet with her own lawyer to review whatever the agreement may be. Common agreements

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