Part two: Relocating with children during divorce or separation

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Our Staff Lawyer, Min Jin, and Program Manager, Phebe Quaye, facilitated the second of a two-part webinar series via CLEO Connect on February 15, 2024. This webinar series provided community workers with practical information and resources for supporting client who are seeking to relocate with children or who have received notice of relocation following amendments to the Divorce…

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Part one: Relocating with children during divorce or separation

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Our Staff Lawyer, Min Jin, and Program Manager, Phebe Quaye, facilitated the first of a two-part webinar series via CLEO Connect on February 8, 2024. This webinar series provided community workers with practical information and resources for supporting client who are seeking to relocate with children or who have received notice of relocation following amendments…

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Written submission on criminalizing coercive control

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Coercive control appeared in the revised Divorce Act as part of the definition of family violence, requiring courts to consider it when making any decisions related to children and parenting. Since then, there have been discussions at the federal level about making coercive control a criminal offence.  The House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and…

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Recent Case: Sale of the matrimonial home

Scanga v. Scanga 2023 ONSC 3592 This decision stems from an appeal in a family law case involving the sale of a matrimonial home. One party sought exclusive possession while the other sought to have the house sold and the proceeds divided. By way of background, the parties married in 1996 and separated in 2019…

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The challenge of judicial education

The passage of Bill C-233 through third reading in the Senate on April 19th offers hope to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children, while also raising some questions about exactly how it will be implemented. While the Bill has two distinct components – the use of electronic monitoring in intimate partner violence (IPV)…

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Recent case: Relocation in the context of family violence

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This case summary of A.J.K. v J.P.B. 2022 MBQB 43 was prepared by Pamela Cross. While this is a Manitoba case and, therefore, not binding on Ontario courts, the decision is interesting because of the extensive exploration of family violence in the context of the mother’s request to move with the children without providing notice…

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The best interests of the child test

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The best interests of the child test is the test that is applied by courts when they make determinations about appropriate parenting arrangements for families after the parents separate (or if the parents have never cohabited). While the wording of the best interests of the child test is slightly different in the Children’s Law Reform…

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After She Leaves: Manual & training details

We were delighted to launch our new online training and resource manual for those who support women involved in the family court system. Both the online training and resource manual cover changes to the Divorce Act and Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA), as well as the evolving situation in the family courts and related…

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Recent case: Abuse of counsel may amount to family violence

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In Armstrong v Coupland, Madam Justice Chappel applies a broad and nuanced understanding of the definition of family violence contained in the Children’s Law Reform Act (CLRA). The motion, brought by the father for increased and unsupervised parenting time with the young child (almost three years old), was the most recent in a long series of court appearances…

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