Arrangements for the kids: The best interests of the child test

Mother and toddler

When parents separate, they must make arrangements for their children, including where children spend their time and how decisions are made. The best interests of the child test is the test that is applied by a family court judge to decide parenting arrangements. This test is the only test that the court can use for…

Read more

Webinar: What is the best interests of the child test in family law?

smiling girl hugging mother

In Canada, all decisions about post-separation arrangements for children are made using the best interests of the child test. Both Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act and the federal Divorce Act set out the criteria judges are to use when applying the test. This webinar explains what each of those criteria are and mean and discusses…

Read more

Changes to the Divorce Act: What it can mean for women

woman holding a little boy

In the final dash to get legislation passed before Parliament recessed for the summer, only to head straight into an election campaign in the fall, some important bills managed to make it to Royal Assent. Any bills that did not pass Third Reading in the Senate and obtain Royal Assent by last Friday are now…

Read more

How can separated parents manage long distance access?

smiling girl hugging mother

This is the first installment of a two-part series We are living in an increasingly globalized world, so it is not surprising that families move – often long distances – more than they used to. While this can pose challenges when the parents live together – finding new schools for the children, setting up house…

Read more

What is a parenting plan? Part 1

mother holding daughter who looks content

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 parenting plan and review key components of the best interests of the child test. In…

Read more