Category: Frequently asked questions

Court etiquette: How should I behave in family court?

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When you go to family court, you will be focused on thinking about your case. Good manners may be the last thing on your mind. However, your case will move along more smoothly and you may feel more comfortable while

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What is a parenting plan? Part 2

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This is the second of two blog posts on parenting plans. In the first post we examined the purposes of a parenting plan and reviewed key components of the best interests of the child test. In this post, we’ll set

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What is a parenting plan? Part 1

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Whether a woman is preparing her parenting plan during or after her court case, the basic principles remain the same. This is the first of two blog posts on parenting plans. In this post we’ll examine the purposes of a

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Do I qualify for spousal support?

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This is the third in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 1 looked at property division and Part 2 covered determining the date of separation. Whether you are married or living common-law

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How do I determine the date we separated?

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This is the second in a 3-part series on women’s financial rights and responsibilities when a relationship ends. Part 1 looks at property division and Part 3 discusses spousal support. Determining the date of separation is not always easy. Some

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What should I do if a woman tells me she plans to violate the custody order because she has serious concerns for the safety of the child?

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When facing legal and ethical challenges, there are a variety of strategies that will help service providers manage the situation. Here are some other situations that could raise similar legal and ethical challenges: A client or former client calls to

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What is financial abuse?

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You may have been subjected to financial abuse during your relationship, and it may be continuing now that you have left. This kind of abuse is common, and can take many forms, including: Your partner controls the money and makes

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Are accommodations are available at family court for a woman who has PTSD?

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The courts, like all government and public institutions and agencies, are required to comply with Ontario’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which is intended to ensure that all people with disabilities have full and equal access to all public

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How can I co-parent safely with an abusive ex-partner?

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To maintain their control, abusers often seek shared custody of the children when the relationship ends. Today’s Parent interviewed Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, and other Canadian experts on ways to co-parent with an abusive-ex-partner. These include: Making a

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What is the Hague Convention and how can it help if my ex-partner takes our children out of Canada?

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The Hague Convention is a tool to assist in having children returned who have been wrongfully removed from one jurisdiction that has signed the Convention to another that has also signed it. It is an international treaty, the full name

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