Category: Legal news

Changes to the Family Law Rules

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Changes to the Family Law Rules for Ontario came into effect on July 1, 2018. These include New confirmation forms for motions New confirmation forms for conferences Changes to the rules and timelines for service for conferences and motions These

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Divorce Act changes and violence against women

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Listen to Pamela Cross, Luke’s Place Legal Director, discuss changes to the Divorce Act with host Julie Lalonde on CHUO 89.1FM today at 5PM. A recording of the interview will be available on the CHUO site. Read more about these

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The importance of family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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Since 2003, Ontario’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee consistently finds that a history of domestic violence and pending or recent separation are the first and second highest risk factors for lethality in domestic homicides. Yet there is no universal family

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What Cosby’s conviction means for sexual assault survivors

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Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, was interviewed by CBC’s Metro Morning today on the conviction of comedian Bill Cosby of three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Listen to the interview on CBC’s Metro Morning. Related posts: Ghomeshi case highlights

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Family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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We are excited to announce that Luke’s Place has recently completed a research project with funding from the federal Department of Justice that looks at family violence screening tools for family law practitioners. Many women are uncomfortable disclosing abuse in

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Opposing Bill S-202: Joint custody is dangerous when there is a history of abuse

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On December 13, 2017, Luke’s Place Legal Director Pamela Cross made a submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs about Bill S-202. Pamela made the submission on behalf of the National Association of Women and the

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The Special Needs of Survivors of Family Violence in the Family Court Process: Comments on Justice Bonkalo’s “Family Legal Services Review”

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A significant portion of all cases in family court involve family violence. Any changes to court process must examine the needs of these families. Luke’s Place and the Barbra Schlifer Clinic have a unique perspective on the complex realities of

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Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic expands serving more rural and remote communities

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Luke’s Place is delighted to announce that our Virtual Legal Clinic will expand into Northwestern Ontario and rural Eastern Ontario. Thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario for funding this second phase! The Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic connects woman

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Paralegals in family courts not the solution

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Pamela Cross and Amanda Dale respond to the recent report by Justice Bonkalo, Family Legal Services Review. Although they applaud the effort, there is a “fatal flaw” in the report — a lack of understanding of the impact of violence

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Course for lawyers a great success!

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In September we announced the launch of our online training for lawyers, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships.” We’ve received a great deal of interest in the course and lots of positive feedback. Here’s what lawyers who have completed

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