Tips for working with a lawyer

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Communication and preparation are probably the two most important elements of making your relationship with your lawyer work well. Below are some key tips for working with a lawyer. Come prepared Come to meetings with your lawyer with an agenda or a list of questions. Make notes about the abuse in your relationship to give…

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Effective communication after separation

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Communication between two people who have separated is often challenging. When there has been abuse, it will almost certainly be a challenge and may create safety concerns. You may find that your ex-partner is using contact with you as a way to continue the abusive power dynamic that you are trying to leave behind. Your…

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What are conferences in the family law system?

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Much of your case will take place in a series of conferences. The goal of a conference is to assist the parties in settling their case. A judge has the authority to combine or skip conferences. There are three types of conferences: Case conference The purose of a case conference is to: Explore the chances…

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Managing parenting time with an abuser

If you and your ex-partner have children together, you will likely face challenging situations as you manage the parenting issues that will arise. This resource provides suggestions and tips on how to anticipate and manage those challenges in ways that are safe for you and your children and can lead to outcomes that are good…

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Evidence: Where to get it and how to present it

Family Court and Beyond workbook and worksheets

It is very important to present accurate, detailed and credible information. Going to court is an adversarial process. The judge has to decide between two sides. You need to make sure that the judge has enough information about what has happened to you that they understand and believe your version of the story. Where to…

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The best interests of the child test

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The best interests of the child test is the test that is applied by courts when they make determinations about appropriate parenting arrangements for families after the parents separate (or if the parents have never cohabited). While the wording of the best interests of the child test is slightly different in the Children’s Law Reform…

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Family court operations: Guide for the pandemic

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Luke’s Place has updated our resource that guides women and workers on Ontario’s family court operations. Download the latest version of Family Court Operations now. About this resource In March 2020, family courts moved quickly and efficiently to ensure their operations were consistent with provincial public health protocols put in place to limit spread of…

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