How can a woman support her kids during and after her family law case?

The more a woman can protect her children from the negative emotions she may be feeling towards and about her former partner, the better for them. Negative feelings towards her former partner Her fear of her former partner may be

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Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic continues thanks to our supporters!

The Virtual Legal Clinic serves women in rural and remote communities of Ontario. Foundation grants and lawyers providing freely of their time have allowed Luke’s Place to continue to offer this unique service to isolated women who have been subjected

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Case law: Child support variation for adult children

Colucci v. Colucci, 2017 ONCA 892: This Court of Appeal decision established that the court has jurisdiction to vary child support under s.17 of the Divorce Act even after the children are over the age of 18 and therefore no

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Extending access to justice in Durham: Thanks to local foundations!

Thank you to the Durham Community Foundation and the William F. Hayball Foundation for contributing to Luke’s Place. Because of this support, more women and children leaving abuse will receive free legal support. Through DCF, the Ajax Community Fund contribution

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How can I support a woman who needs help from the Family Responsibility Office?

The Family Responsibility Office (FRO) is a program of the Ministry of Community and Social Services that collects and distributes court-ordered child and spousal support payments. If the person paying support fails to do so, FRO can enforce the court

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Family Court Support Workers: Celebrating an effective response to violence against women

Workers in Ontario’s shelters for women and children fleeing abuse have been providing support to women involved with family court for decades. Occasionally funded through short-term grants, sometimes with resources provided by community fund-raising and often just tacked on to

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Case law: Parental alienation

Fiorito v. Wiggins, 2017 ONCA 765:The mother and father married in 1998, separated in 2008 and have three children together. This is a case of parental alienation on the part of the mother and the use of bankruptcy proceedings by

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Resources for women as they work with lawyers

How can a woman make the most of her time with a lawyer? How can she know if a lawyer is a good fit for her case? What can she do if she doesn’t feel that her lawyer is serving

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Remarks to the Standing Committee on Bill C-78

On November 22, 2018, Luke’s Place testified as a witness before the Standing Committee on Bill C-78, An Act to amend the Divorce Act. In collaboration with the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL), Luke’s Place prepared a

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Changing Canada’s Divorce Act: Luke’s Place remarks on Bill C-78

The Bill C-78 hearing Luke’s Place and NAWL have submitted a Joint Brief on Bill C-78 and will testify as witnesses before the Standing Committee in Ottawa on Wednesday November 22 at 5:30. Our brief was endorsed by over 40 organizations,

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