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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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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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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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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Case update: Status quo and maximum contact

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In the case of Theriault v Ford 2022 ONSC 3619, the court considered what “status quo” and “maximum contact” mean within the context of the amendments to the Divorce Act and Children’s Law Reform Act. This case involves parents of two children who were married to each other for 8 years before separating. The father was charged with…

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