Author: Pamela Cross

How can separated parents manage long distance access?

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This is the first installment of a two-part series We are living in an increasingly globalized world, so it is not surprising that families move – often long distances – more than they used to. While this can pose challenges

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Family violence goes to work

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Canada’s landscape has been strewn with domestic violence homicides this past year. And, it must be remembered, the number of women killed is only the tip of the iceberg of the number of women subjected to abuse in their relationships.

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What is legal coaching?

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More than 80,000 people are unrepresented in family court proceedings in Ontario every year. You see many women who don’t have lawyers and, often, their former partner is also unrepresented. As we have discussed in the past, while the lack

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How do I make a complaint about a lawyer?

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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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Empowerment over disempowerment: OBA Awards Gala

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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

Case law: Property division and spousal support

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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.

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How can I prove to the family court that I was abused in the relationship?

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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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Case law: Domestic contracts and financial disclosure

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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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Case law: Life insurance, will and family law obligations

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Dagg v. Cameron Estate 2017 ONCA 366: This case is a good illustration of how family law issues can continue long after the case has been initially resolved — in this case, beyond the death of one of the parties.

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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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