Author: Pamela Cross

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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How can alternative dispute resolution help me with my family law matter?

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Looking for a basic introduction to alternative dispute resolution? Also known as ADR, these are ways to solve family law problems other than going to court. Mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law are forms of ADR. Learn about these alternatives

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What is a parenting plan? Part 2

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This is the second of two blog posts on parenting plans. In the first post we examined the purposes of a parenting plan and reviewed key components of the best interests of the child test. In this post, we’ll set

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What is a parenting plan? Part 1

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Whether a woman is preparing her parenting plan during or after her court case, the basic principles remain the same. This is the first of two blog posts on parenting plans. In this post we’ll examine the purposes of a

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Case law: Variation of spousal support

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Black v Black 2015 CarswellNB 449: This is a Court of Appeal decision from New Brunswick, involving a marriage of just over 8 years, with no prior cohabitation and no children. The Court of Appeal characterized it as a short-term

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Case law: Setting aside a marriage contract

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Shair v Shair 2015 CarswellOnt 14332: Mr. and Mrs. Shair signed a marriage contract a month before they got married in 1996. When they separated some years later and the husband sought a divorce, the wife brought a motion to set

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Case law: Sealing a family court order

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G.M. v R.M. 2015 CarswellOnt 9375: We have provided a summary of the substance of this case earlier. It dealt with custody and access issues relating to a child who identified as gender fluid/transgender, and each parent wished to deal with

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Case law: Child’s gender identity

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Halton Children’s Aid Society v G.K. 2015 ONCJ 307 Although the issue at the centre of this case is the gender identity of a child, the case is surrounded by the presence of domestic violence, which does not seem to

Do I qualify for spousal support?

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This is the third in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 1 looked at property division and Part 2 covered determining the date of separation. Whether you are married or living common-law

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