Our updated and expanded Emergency Motions Toolkit

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We’ve recently updated our Emergency Motions Toolkit! The toolkit provides clear information for Ontario advocates assisting woman abuse survivors about how to create effective emergency motions for a variety of different situations. With the Emergency Motions Toolkit, you will: Women’s organizations can purchase this toolkit for $17.00. Contact us to order it. Learn more about the Emergency…

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Luke’s Place announces new advocacy and legal directors

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We are thrilled to announce that Emily Murray who has been the Luke’s Place Legal Services Director since April 2022, is stepping into the position of Legal Director at Luke’s Place as of January 5, 2023. Previously, Emily worked as a family law lawyer and as a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s…

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Recent case: Supreme Court mobility decision

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In Barendregt v Grebliunas, the Supreme Court of Canada considered which parent should have primary responsibility for their two young children and whether the mother could relocate them to a town some distance from where they had been living with their father. The family was living in Kelowna, British Columbia, when, following an assault by the…

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We’ve updated & expanded the Emergency Motions Toolkit!

Luke's Place

We’re pleased to announce that we have updated and expanded the Emergency Motions Toolkit! The Emergency Motions Toolkit provides clear information for Ontario advocates assisting woman abuse survivors about how to create effective emergency motions for a variety of different situations. Contents include: emergency numbers and safety planning, applying for an emergency motion, information and…

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Tips for working with a lawyer

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Communication and preparation are probably the two most important elements of making your relationship with your lawyer work well. Below are some key tips for working with a lawyer. Come prepared Come to meetings with your lawyer with an agenda or a list of questions. Make notes about the abuse in your relationship to give…

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Effective communication after separation

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Communication between two people who have separated is often challenging. When there has been abuse, it will almost certainly be a challenge and may create safety concerns. You may find that your ex-partner is using contact with you as a way to continue the abusive power dynamic that you are trying to leave behind. Your…

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Recent family law case: Tort of family violence

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Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia 2022 ONSC 1303 This recent case has taken Ontario’s legal community by storm. Justice Mandhane of Ontario’s Superior Court has awarded the mother in this case $150,000.00 in compensatory, aggregated and punitive damages for the tort of family violence. This is a ground-breaking decision for survivors of family violence and one that…

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What are conferences in the family law system?

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Much of your case will take place in a series of conferences. The goal of a conference is to assist the parties in settling their case. A judge has the authority to combine or skip conferences. There are three types of conferences: Case conference The purose of a case conference is to: Explore the chances…

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Recent case: Cost award based on conduct

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D.C.A. v. A.E.C., 2022 ONSC 1002: This recent case demonstrates an effective use of Rule 1(8) of the Family Law Rules, where one party is ordered to pay costs for sending harassing emails to the other even though there was an order limiting communications between them. D.C.A., the applicant father and A.E.C., the respondent mother are…

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