Category: For women

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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Equality in relationships

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Starting a relationship with someone new can be exciting but also worrisome after a past abusive relationship. This is especially true if your abusive ex-partner is still involved in your life on some level. An update to your safety plan

Court related services for custody and access issues

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Visit our Family Court and Beyond website for information on court related services for custody and access issues: Office of the Children’s Lawyer, which can become involved in a custody and access dispute by providing a lawyer who will represent

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How can a woman support her kids during and after her family law case?

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The more a woman can protect her children from the negative emotions she may be feeling towards and about her former partner, the better for them. Negative feelings towards her former partner Her fear of her former partner may be

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Extending access to justice in Durham: Thanks to local foundations!

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Thank you to the Durham Community Foundation and the William F. Hayball Foundation for contributing to Luke’s Place. Because of this support, more women and children leaving abuse will receive free legal support. Through DCF, the Ajax Community Fund contribution

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Resources for women as they work with lawyers

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How can a woman make the most of her time with a lawyer? How can she know if a lawyer is a good fit for her case? What can she do if she doesn’t feel that her lawyer is serving

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How can a woman stop her abusive ex from stealing her identity?

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We are all familiar with the tactic of financial abuse during a relationship. This abuse can continue and take on new forms after separation. One of those new forms is identity theft, in which the abusive partner steals his partner’s

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Safety in your home

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Our two new safety resources on Family Court and Beyond will be helpful for women who are leaving home to escape an abusive partner or trying to keep safe in their family home once the abusive partner no longer lives

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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