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Family Law Terminology

As of March 1, 2021, Family Law legislation has made some significant amendments to family law terminology. Historically many Family Law disputes centered around the highly contested issue of which parent would have custody of a child. As of March 1, 2021, Bill 207 has come into force in order to revise and change the [...]

Posted:Mar.22, 2021


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How to Enter into a Separation Agreement

  A separation agreement can be a cost-effect way of resolving family law issues that arise upon separation. Separation agreements are a contract between two separated parties that can address many family law issues, such as parenting schedules, custody, child and spousal support, the division of property and the manner in which the matrimonial home [...]

Posted:Feb.09, 2021


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Custody and Access or Parenting of Children After Separation

We often have inquiries by clients whom believe they have an absolute right to exercise their preference with respect to custody and access or parenting of children after separation and the amount of time a child is to spend with one parent after separation. This is an incorrect presumption. With respect to general principles of [...]

Posted:Oct.27, 2020


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Reduced Income and Cost Consequences

  This article relates to the issue of reduced income and cost consequences in the context of COVID-19. The Role of Costs in Family Law - Reduced Income and Cost Consequences  The rules related to costs in family law matters are primarily governed by the Family Law Rules, particularly Rule 18(14) which sets out when [...]

Posted:Sep.08, 2020


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COVID-19 Update: Ontario Court of Justice to Re-Open on a Limited Basis

Covid-19 update: The Ontario Court of Justice ("OCJ") will re-open during COVID-19 on a limited basis. We received up to date information today that Phase One of the reopening of Ontario OCJ is under way and due to open for in-person attendances on select matters on July 6, 2020, only in relation to very specific matters [...]

Posted:Jun.17, 2020


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Mobility Rights and Relocation Disputes During COVID-19

  Mobility During a Pandemic?     Mobility or the ability to move with a child or the relocation of children to new households or locations during COVID-19 is a serious legal issue, which can create a situation of extreme gravity and importance during the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. While in ideal circumstances, children [...]

Posted:Jun.12, 2020


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COVID-19 Family Law Blog Series: Family Court Online Platform for Uncontested Divorce Application

  During the COVID-19 pandemic, many clients and potential client have asked us about their ability to forward a divorce application online, given that among other reasons, they may have resolved all outstanding family law issues by way of a separation agreement, they may believe the opposing party will not make a claim against them [...]

Posted:May.08, 2020


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COVID-19 Family Law Blog Series: The Family Law Risks of Failing to Abide by Health Canada Guidelines During COVID-19

  Health Guidelines, Child Safety and Parenting Rights   Our Toronto Custody Lawyers are getting many questions these days about the COVID-19 pandemic and the health guidelines they should follow during their parenting time with their children. Parties frequently have differing views in regards to the best way to parent a child after the breakdown [...]

Posted:Apr.30, 2020


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How to Sign off on a Will During Covid-19

During the last few weeks our Toronto Wills Lawyers have had a large number of inquiries from many front-line workers and essential business operators and employees about drafting Last Will and Testaments and Powers of Attorney for Personal Care. Many of these front-line workers and essential workers are deemed to be at higher risk for [...]

Posted:Apr.16, 2020


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COVID-19 Family Law Blog Series: Self-Isolation, Quarantine and the Maximum Contact Principle

   Self-isolation, quarantine and parental bonds Throughout Ontario, most, if not all families are in some way doing their part to self-isolate in order to “stem the curve” of the COVID-19 virus. Parents at this time are doing their very best to ensure their children remain isolated, and government is attempting to ensure the safety [...]

Posted:Apr.09, 2020


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