It’s not too late to make a big difference in the lives of women and children this year

Thanks to YOU, Ontario women were able to access the support they needed for their family law issues and receive important information about ongoing changes to court operations over the last year. This means that more women had a better understanding of their legal rights, the family court process, and their legal issues. Women were more empowered to speak in…

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Keira’s law – an important advancement in law when it comes to judicial education on issues of intimate partner violence

Keira’s law is an important advancement in the law when it comes to judicial education on issues of intimate partner violence. Federally, the Judges Act requires that the Canadian Judicial Council consider providing continuing education on intimate partner violence and coercive control in intimate partner and family relationships. In Ontario, the Courts of Justice Act…

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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: Changing a final parenting order

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This case involved a father who wanted to change a final order about parenting that had been made over 7 years earlier. In order to change a final order, the father brought a motion to change and had to prove that there had been a “material change in circumstances” since the making of the final…

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Luke’s Place Legal Clinic

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Luke’s Place connects women across Ontario to family law lawyers for free summary legal advice through our Legal Clinic. The lawyers who volunteer with our Legal Clinic are experienced and trained on the issues women deal with when they leave an abusive partner. Women from across Ontario can access our Legal Clinic via video conferencing…

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After She Leaves: Spousal Support

The content in this post is adapted from our recently updated After She Leaves Resource Manual. Click here to learn more about the manual. Spousal support is money that is paid by one spouse to the other after the end of the relationship. Spouse is defined to include both married and common-law relationships. A person is a…

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What is an Emergency Motion?

An Emergency Motion is a motion brought without notice to the other side. It is also referred to as an ex parte motion. With this type of motion, the other party is not served with the documents before the motion is considered by a judge. A judge will only review the written material in order…

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Why is evidence so important?

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The outcome of your court case will depend significantly on the evidence you provide to the court. This is true in every family court case, but it is especially true in cases involving abuse, because the impact of abuse is still misunderstood by many in the family law system. Whether you are preparing your own…

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The law and parenting arrangements after separation

When a relationship ends, parents must sort out arrangements for their children, including: Until these issues are resolved, the law sees both you and your partner as equally responsible for your children’s care. This toolkit contains legal information about the laws in both Canada and Ontario regarding arrangements for children after a relationship ends. Family…

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