Tips for building a new and safe co-parenting relationship

Abuse does not always end because a relationship does. If you have children with your ex-partner, you will need to build a new co-parenting relationship. It is important that this new relationship takes into account your safety. This can be challenging for many reasons. Here are tips for building a new, and safe, co-parenting relationship…

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Case comment: Coercive control & family violence

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Case summary prepared by Luke’s Place Advocacy Director, Pamela Cross In this case (F.S. v. M.B.T. 2023 ONCJ 102), Justice Sherr carefully analyzes the context of family violence, including coercive control, when making a decision related to parenting arrangements for a 12-year-old child. The case also involves a claim for spousal support by the mother,…

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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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What is a parenting coordinator?

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A parenting coordinator is a licensed mental health, legal, or certified family mediation professional with a degree in mental health. A parenting coordinator can help parents resolve minor parenting disputes only after a final order or agreement for parenting is in place.   A parenting coordinator can help resolve day-to-day conflicts such as:  Can the court…

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How to assist a woman with a parenting plan

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A parenting plan is a written document describing how your children will be raised and how parenting and decision-making will work after you and your partner separate.    A clear and detailed parenting plan will minimize your former partner’s ability to find loopholes to exploit to exercise power and control over you and the children.…

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Recent Case: Family Reunification Therapy

C.B. v. E.G. 2023 ONSC 1571 This is an interesting decision concerning a father seeking family reunification therapy in order to repair his fractured relationship with his 17-year-old daughter. The mother and father, in this case, had joint decision-making and parenting time of their two children (one who is now 18 and the 17-year-old). The…

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Case Law: Temporary Parenting Orders and Religion

SMO v MJO, 2022 ONSC 5084 Written by: Yiwei Bian, Student Volunteer and Thijiba Sinnathamby, Staff Lawyer This is an interesting court decision that addresses how to reconcile one parent’s desire to raise their children in their faith when the other parent is concerned about the faith itself and how its administration effects the children. The…

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Post-Separation Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is a written document that sets out the details of how your children will be raised and how parenting and decision-making will work after you and your partner separate. A clear and detailed parenting plan will minimize your former partner’s ability to find loopholes to exploit in order to exercise power and…

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Parenting arrangements: The best interests of the child test

Family courts use what is called the best interests of the child (BIC) test when they make parenting decisions. Whether a family is using the Divorce Act or the Children’s Law Reform Act, the judge will consider the following 11 factors in the BIC test as they make decisions about the children: It is important…

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