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A.B. v L.J. 2020 ONSC 5248: In this case, the parents have joint custody of their two young children. The children are primarily resident with the mother, who has final decision-making authority. The mother and children had been living in Port Perry and the father in Burlington, where the children spent time with him on alternate…

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The case of Chase v Chase, 2020 ONSC 5083, provides a decision that offers clear thinking about what should happen when separated parents disagree on whether children should return to in-class learning this fall. Pursuant to a separation agreement signed by the parents in 2017, the child spends equal time with each parent on a…

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September 3/20 Update: We have gathered together links to current information about a number of important issues related to the operation of the Superior Court of Justice (SCJ) as of September 2nd. Please note: If you work in a community where family court operates as part of the Ontario Court of Justice, this information may not…

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Decision-making with an abusive ex-partner is never an easy or straightforward process. Even when the ex-partner has had little involvement in making decisions or planning for the children, many of them have plenty of ideas about what they think the mother should or should not do. For women with school-age children, decisions about education are…

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Mom with school aged boy

Robinson v Darrah 2020 O.J. No. 2016, Ontario Superior Court of Justice: The father brought a motion to have his access to the child resumed and for police assistance in ensuring compliance. The child has lived with the mother since the parties separated in mid 2015, when the child was a few months old. The…

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More guidelines from Justice Pazaratz Justice Pazaratz sits as the triage judge in the Superior Court of Justice in Hamilton. He has seen a significant number of cases during the pandemic and has had to make decisions about whether or not those cases meet the standard of urgent as set by Chief Justice Morawetz in…

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In Edwards v Robinson 2020 ONSC 2956, the mother brought an urgent motion on May 1st for the return of the parties’ two youngest children (the oldest is 20 years old) to her by the father, who had had them since March 25th. The mother made allegations of domestic violence, which the father disputed, alleging in response…

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