Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto, v. K.B., 2018 ONCJ 650 While this case does not pertain to family violence, in it Justice Sager makes relevant comments on the legislative interpretation of the Child, Youth and Family Services …

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Property division after separation depends on whether the couple was married or living common-law. A domestic contract lets a couple set their own terms in their relationship. A domestic contract is a legal agreement. Domestic contracts include cohabitation agreements, marriage …

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Kunuthur v. Govindareddigari, 2018 ONCA 730: The parents married in 2004 and lived in the United States where their son was born as an American citizen. The family moved to Brampton in 2011, when their son was 6 years old, …

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Family violence continues and often escalates post-separation. This webinar explores post-separation abuse and strategies for managing it, including restraining orders and safety planning. What is a restraining order? How would someone get one? This webinar answers those questions and more. …

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As I mentioned in my remarks when I received the Guthrie Award recently, there has been little attention paid to ensuring that lawyers – particularly family law lawyers – are educated about the issue of family violence. This creates a …

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At the 2019 Annual Gathering of Family Court Support Workers, Indigenous lawyers and leaders, Jeffery Hewitt and Bev Jacobs, discussed “Reconciliation and Indigenous Voices in our Work”. During this session, Jeffery made the point that FCSWs likely don’t see a …

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I. Introduction This paper offers a brief discussion of the implications of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations on violence against women, with an emphasis on family law services and law reform. I begin with a review of the background …

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Family law lawyers are thin on the ground in many rural and remote parts of Ontario. Family law lawyers who take legal aid certificates and who have expertise in cases involving family violence are even more rare. Women who are …

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As the holiday season approaches, many of us are making plans to spend time with family and friends we love and who love us. It can be a wonderful time of year, when we take the time from our usual …

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Evidence of abuse must be presented well to be effective in a family court case. This webinar looks at how to present evidence so that a judge or mediator will find it credible and relevant to your case. Watch this …

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