Author: Pamela Cross

Early in my law career, the opposing party on a family law file involving family violence was representing himself.  I was retained on a bare bones legal aid certificate. In my naivete and desire to save my client the cost …

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Becoming fully competent in working in the spirit of reconciliation is a process. This tip sheet is intended to provide you with ideas to think about and for you, your colleagues and your organization to work towards over time. Community …

Towards Reconciliation: A tipsheet for working supportively with Indigenous clients Read More »

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If you are a newcomer to Canada or have sponsored your partner to come to Canada, immigration issues may arise when you and your partner separate. These can have an impact on your family law case, and your family law …

I’m new to Canada and my partner is abusive. What happens if I leave him? 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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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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As I mentioned in my remarks when I received the Guthrie Award recently, there has been little attention paid to ensuring that lawyers – particularly family law lawyers – are educated about the issue of family violence. This creates a …

Increasing access to justice through lawyer education Read More »

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At the 2019 Annual Gathering of Family Court Support Workers, Indigenous lawyers and leaders, Jeffery Hewitt and Bev Jacobs, discussed “Reconciliation and Indigenous Voices in our Work”. During this session, Jeffery made the point that FCSWs likely don’t see a …

Why do so few Indigenous women engage with the family law system? Read More »

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Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Family law lawyers who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. Women who are …

Women in rural, remote communities get long distance legal help Read More »

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Not every survivor of family violence walks into her lawyer’s office with a broken arm or black eye. Even when there is physical abuse, few clients readily open up about this with their lawyer. Identifying the subtler forms of abuse …

Family violence screening: What you don’t know can hurt you Read More »

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