Category: For service providers

How will the changes to child protection legislation affect the women I support?

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The new Child, Youth and Family Services Act shifts Ontario from a needs-based child protection system to one that is rights-based and allows all those who work with and serve children to place those children at the centre of decisions

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Family law information: Luke’s Place & CLEO webinars

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Luke’s Place partners with CLEO Connect to deliver webinars on family law topics that deal with issues faced by women who have been subjected to violence in their relationship. The webinars are pre-recorded and will be posted to and

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Alienating children or protecting them?

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In the late 1980s, a new phrase started to pop up in American and then Canadian family courts: parental alienation syndrome (PAS). Originally coined by American psychiatrist Richard Gardner, the term was used to describe situations where one parent intentionally

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How does the Family Responsibility Office work? For women’s advocates

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The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is a program of the Ministry of Community and Social Services that collects and distributes court-ordered child and spousal support payments. If the person paying support fails to do so, FRO can enforce the court

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Mediation: You can’t always get what you want

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“But if you try sometime you find/You get what you need.” Many women leaving abusive relationships would take exception to even the modest optimism expressed by the Rolling Stones in this 1969 hit. Nonetheless, this is very much the tone

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Are there strategies that can make long distance access work?

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This is the second installment of a two-part series There are many ways a family can organize access even when one parent lives some distance away from the kids. Factors that need to be considered include: Distance The children’s ages

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Luke’s Place Direct Service Program Manager Job Posting – Maternity Leave

Luke's Place -- Change her experience. Change their lives.

Luke’s Place is seeking a full-time experienced, collaborative manager to coordinate the delivery of its innovative direct service programs and services in Durham Region. About Luke’s Place: Luke’s Place is the only stand-alone family law support centre in Canada for

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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