The courts may, for a veriety of reasons, decide that a separated parent may only have access or parenting time with their child(ren) if such time is supervised by another adult or even, in some cases, a supervised access centre. During COVID-19 seeing children at supervised access centres or relying on 3rd parties to facilitate or supervise access may be difficult or impossible. Read our article posted today about such issues on our blog page by tapping our website address in our bio and then clicking on our Blog page or call one of our Toronto custody lawyers today by tapping the Contact link in our bio to learn more about your rights in relation to supervised parenting regimes.
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We write to wish you a very happy and healthy July 1st holiday. We know that you are proud to be Canadian today, and we are proud that you are a Canadian today no matter your race, religion, and orientation. We hope that even though you may already be home every day with or without work that, you continue cherish holidays with your families, big or small.

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COVID-19 Family Law Update: We have the much awaited news that Toronto and GTA Ontario Court of Justice courthouses are scheduled to re-open on limited matters such as Children’s Aid Society matters, trials and some domestic issues as of July 6, 2020, if an inspection conducted by the Ministry concludes that the courthouses are safe. For a more detailed read on this potential re-opening of the courts please tap our website button at the link in bio and click our Blog page. Call us today to determine if your family law matter requires court intervention by tapping the contact button in our bio
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COVID-19 family law update: The government of Ontario just released that individuals can expand their “social circle” and have “social gatherings”. We have immediately had family law questions on the distinction and the impact of this expansion on family law parenting schedules. We want to be clear that in the case of “social circles” everyone in your circle must agree to only take part in one circle and to continue to socially distance outside of this circle. “Social gatherings”
involve gatherings outside of your circle which require you to still socially distance 6 feet and engage with others outside of your home. The key to the “social circle”
is an agreement by all members not to engage in any non-socially distancing behaviour outside of the circle. Unfortunately this may mean that’s parents that are in parenting arrangements must continue ensuring that all members of their households continue to socially distance or decide with the separated spouse or partner to be in the same social circle between the children’s households and share the remaining members (out of 10) that may be in the circle between the two households that the children travel back and forth in. Keep in mind that a child may count as one of the 10 members of a circle. If you have concerns about your parenting arrangement and impact of this new regulation contact us today for a consultation by clicking the Contact button in our bio. .
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Making the decision to move to a new address with your children of a separated relationship, or moving out of the city in which your children “habitually” reside may cause significant family law issues during COVID-19 and may even lead to emergency court orders if your separated spouse or partner does not agree with the move, whether you are in a sole custody or joint custody arrangement. Even if you have sole custody by way of an agreement or court order, it does not necessarily mean you can move without the written consent of your separated spouse or partner. To learn more, click on our website link in our bio and click our blog page for a great and up to date article written by our team today, if you are considering moving with your children to a different address during the pandemic. Call us today if you are experiencing any legal issues or would like to commence legal proceedings related to mobility and relocation during the pandemic by tapping on the Contact button in our bio. .
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COVID-19 Family Law Update: We have the much awaited news that Toronto and GTA Superior Court of Justice Courthouses not accepting new family law Applications during COVID-19, will now accept them by e-mail. Responding documents will also be accepted by email and we anticipate that court appearances will likely be by video conference. Call us today to determine if your family law matter requires court intervention by tapping the contact button in our bio
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COVID-19 Family Law Update: 393 University Courthouse, which houses the Superior Court of Justice dealing with all aspects of family law and serving the Toronto community has announced that they are now accepting family law Applications electronically and lifted the requirement that such Applications be urgent. Call us today to speak to one of our Toronto Family Lawyers to learn more about advancing your family law case electronically, by clicking our Contact button in our bio
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What impact has COVID-19 had child support obligations as people lose jobs and incomes decline? Ontario Courts have emphasized that parties should be flexible and encourages discussion between parties or counsel in arranging for a payment plan that is reasonable in light of both the child’s needs and the ability of the payor to meet these needs during the pandemic. Check out our COVID-19 Family Law Blog Series article by visiting our website and clicking on our Blog page. If you are having trouble receiving child support or paying it, give us a call to speak with one of our Toronto Child Support Lawyers today by clicking the Contact button in our bio.
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With the COVID-19 pandemic public health measures loosening, and provincial parks reopening, we want to remind parents in co-parenting relationships to remember to continue to socially distance so that any parenting agreements reached are not disturbed. Call us to learn more about appropriate family law related conduct regarding parenting children during the pandemic by clicking the contact button in our bio .
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But for the pandemic, wedding season would be upon us. It’s a sad fact that beautiful events like this have to be put on hold but many of our clients and potential clients are opting to quarantine with their partners and cohabitate before marriage, instead. As you can imagine, we’ve been getting a lot of calls about cohabitation agreements and marriage agreements with clients that seem apprehensive about addressing the topic with a loved partner. The way we explain the necessity of cohabitation agreements and marriage agreements is that they provide a road map for the relationship. Relationships that have direction and have planned for unfortunate outcomes may thrive. We explain that such agreements are akin to insurance for relationships and if a relationship ends, in our experience, the process of separation and divorce is much smoother and generally less adversarial and combative. To learn more about your rights and obligations which may be outlined in cohabitation agreements and marriage agreements, call us to speak with one of our Toronto Family Lawyers by tapping the Contact button in our bio. .
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To stay home or not to stay home. That is the question as the government loosens some COVID-19 measures. Our strong advice to our friends, existing clients and new clients is to continue to socially distance to ensure that any COVID-19 agreements and arrangements related to the physical custody and parenting time of children are not disturbed or contravened as measures loosen. .
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The Prime Minister and Federal Government announced today that the Child Tax Benefit and the GST/HST Credit for people with children will continue to be paid until September 2020 for those whom have not filed their 2019 Income Tax Return yet. The Federal Government strongly recommended, however, that individuals file their taxes as soon as possible as such benefits might be impacted in the future if taxes have not been filed. If you are having trouble collecting such benefits as a result of your custody arrangement call one of our Toronto Custody Lawyers today, by tapping the Contact button in our bio above.
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Domestic violence and abuse in all forms are on the rise during COVID-19, while resources such as shelters and community programs have reduced their community assistance. As a family law firm with training and tremendous experience in dealing with victims of domestic violence and abuse, male or female, we felt that it is our duty to provide a list of additional domestic violence resources available to victims Canada-wide. If you have experienced or are experiencing domestic violence by your spouse or partner please click the link to our website in our bio and choose our blog page to read our most recent article on domestic violence resources available to you during the pandemic or call our office to speak with one of our domestic violence lawyers today by tapping the Contact button in our bio above. ...

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There are family law related risks of failing to abide by Health Canada / public health Guidelines during COVID-19 and this risk could amount to the suspension of access or the ability of a parent to have continued parenting time or visitation with a child. Visit our website Blog page for a very informative article we wrote and posted today with current and up to date information on how the courts treat parents who are not following the guidelines of public health during such unprecedented times, and call one of our Toronto Custody Lawyers to learn more about your legal rights and obligations by clicking the Contact button in our Bio. We are here for you and your families during this difficult time. ...

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We want to address a touchy subject. In recent weeks we have had a large number of emails from existing and potential new clients asking us about Last Will and Testament preparation and the granting Powers of Attorney for Personal Health. Many of these requests have come to us from frontline workers whom wish to have Wills in place for the benefit of their spouse and children in case something happens to them. The main concern is how to draft and sign/execute a Will that is legally enforceable when witnesses may not be readily available or it may not be advisable to meet in person to sign a Will. We have done tremendous research on these points and engaged in up to date seminars with accurate information on the manner of drafting and signing off on legally enforceable Wills without the necessity of coming into contact with a witnesses, where possible. We have the knowledge and capacity to assist anyone with these concerns and we offer special and discounted rates to any frontline worker that inquires about these services - we will also complete any Wills or Powers of Attorney for personal health on a rush basis prepared same week, to ensure the peace of mind of all of our clients and potential new clients. We know this is a tough subject and we are here to help you. Call us today by clicking the Contact link in our bio. ...

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COVID-19 Toronto Family Law Update: Courts still remain non-operational for ongoing non-urgent matters and continue to hear matters that are urgent. With respect to support enforcement and filing of separation agreements with Courts for enforcement through the Family Responsibility Office, that also appears to be a service not offered by the Ontario Courts at this time and it is clear that the Courts are looking to lawyers to attempt to work out these issues by way of negotiation and settlement discussions. Call us today by clicking the Contact button in our bio to assist you with any custody or access disputes, any child or spousal support issues or any family property disputes. We are providing same day consults by telephone. ...

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COVID-19 Family Law Update: We have received word from the Ontario Courts that over the next week or so the Courts will be putting a plan together to address continued access to justice for service and filing of family law applications that are deemed by the Courts to be non-urgent during COVID-19. We expect that the Courts will arrange an online mechanism for continued claims to the Courts for such matters and we will be watching such news closely to inform our clients and potential new clients immediately as these Court procedures develop. At this time our firm is operating and we continue to work with existing and new clients to prepare applications and urgent motions. We are offering same day telephone and virtual consultations to both clients privately retaining our services and Legal Aid Ontario clients approved with valid Legal Aid certificates. Legal aid Ontario is taking applications for eligibility online and they can be reached at 1800-668-8258. Contact us at the link in our Bio today. We are here for you during these difficult times. ...

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In the wake COVID-19, Ontario Family Law Courts are generally semi-closed and dealing only with urgent matters before them. What is deemed to be “urgent” in order to bring a matter before a Judge immediately, is a developing concept during the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. Many of our clients and new potential clients have been asking us about our ability to take a matter to court urgently, where one parent unilaterally varies a parenting arrangement or imposes restrictions. Our firm is doing research to keep ourselves updated minute by minute, with the court procedures, and the law as this situation unfolds so that we can keep our staff and clients informed of changes, immediately. Click the link in bio and go to our Blog page for the most recent news presented by our COVID-19 Blog Series. Today’s blog focuses on a very recent case in a family law where urgency was found. Call us today as we are here to assist and give you concrete answers founded in law. ...

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UPDATE FROM COURTS: A Family Court urgent proceeding (Motion) was brought this week related to a primary resident parent suspending parental child access / visitation rights due to concerns of the access parent's ability to follow the Ontario Public Health protocols during COVID-19, which may expose the child to risks related to the virus. The Courts did not deem this proceeding to be urgent and gave guidelines on how parental access should continue during COVID-19, noting that the situation is unique for everyone. To learn more about your rights as a primary resident parent or access parent during COVID-19, call us for a telephone consultation today, or click the link in our bio. ...

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