Category: Legal news & strategy

Professional development for family law lawyers: CPD accredited course on domestic violence

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The Luke’s Place online course, “Effective Lawyering with Clients Leaving Abusive Relationships”, is CPD accredited for 1 hour 20 minutes Professionalism Hours and up to 1 hour 10 minutes Substantive Hours. To register and pay online, visit our sign up

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Family violence is relevant in family law processes

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A new report published by the Department of Justice Canada describes what many of us already know about family violence and family law processes: In a family law context, violence, abuse and neglect within families can have wide ranging, long-term

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: The importance of family violence screening tools for family law practitioners

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Our new report on family violence screening tools for lawyers and other family law practitioners is now available from the Department of Justice Canada. Family law lawyers are often the first point of contact for those entering the family justice

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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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