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Religious School’s Barring Child of Same-Sex Couple Not a Breach of Human Rights

Posted September 19, 2017

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Religious School’s Barring Child of Same-Sex Couple Not a Breach of Human Rights

In a perhaps-surprising decision of an adjudicator of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, a Christian evangelical school that refused to admit the adopted son of a married same-sex couple was held not to have breached the anti-discrimination provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the ...

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Child’s Aboriginal Heritage Not a “Super-Weight” Factor in Adoption, Court Rules

Posted September 14, 2017

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Child’s Aboriginal Heritage Not a “Super-Weight” Factor in Adoption, Court Rules

Recently I wrote about a Charter-based challenge to certain provisions of the Ontario Child and Family Services Act, where a Métis father claimed that provisions of that Act offended his child’s right to equality under the law.  He claimed that because the term ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: 10 Ways to Get Information About Family Law

Posted September 13, 2017

 

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Wednesday's Video Clip: 10 Ways to Get Information About Family Law

In this video we discuss how there are many professional people, organizations and other sources that can help you or provide information about family law issues:

1. An information centre specializing in family justice

2. A parent education course for separating parents

3. Duty counsel at a legal aid office

4. A community legal clinic

5. A university law school with a student-run legal information service

6. A law society or bar ...

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Was Parents’ Money a Gift or Loan? The Perils of Poor Documentation

Posted September 12, 2017

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Was Parents’ Money a Gift or Loan? The Perils of Poor Documentation

Picture this not-uncommon scenario:   The parents provide their newly-married adult daughter or son with a significant amount of money to put towards the down-payment of a first home.

All goes well until a few years later when that son or daughter, ...

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Should Aboriginal Heritage Trump Child Protection Needs?

Posted September 7, 2017

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Should Aboriginal Heritage Trump Child Protection Needs?

In a recent child protection case, the court summed up nature of the proceedings with a definite air of gravitas:
This case is also about the equality rights of Métis children and their families in the child protection context in Ontario, and whether the provincial government is respecting those rights. It is an important opportunity for this province to demonstrate ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Confidentiality

Posted September 6, 2017

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Wednesday's Video Clip: Confidentiality

In this video Russell discuss how all information you provide to your lawyer is completely private and confidential. All the details of your case will be handled with the utmost confidentiality and respect for your privacy.

The privilege of confidentiality between solicitor and client is, in law, a protection which belongs to the client. Therefore, it is up to the client, only, whether or not that confidentiality is to be waived.

Please remember this when your family members or ...

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Are “Pet Trusts” the Future of Canadian Law?

Posted September 5, 2017

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Are “Pet Trusts” the Future of Canadian Law?

A little while ago I wrote about a recent B.C. pet-custody case called Brown v. Larochelle.  This case falls in neatly with other Canadian family law decisions that hold, almost universally, that in a separation or divorce pets are considered “property”, and are not subject to any sort of order that grants either party “custody”.

The ...

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If Only One Person Says “It’s Over”, Is It Really?

Posted August 31, 2017

If Only One Person Says “It’s Over”, Is It Really?

Who gets to decide when a marriage or other relationship is over? Do both parties have to agree, in the eyes of the law?

That was one of the questions that the court had to ask in a case called Cammaroto v Cammaroto.

The facts were a little unusual: The wife wanted out of the dead-end marriage but could not get the husband to leave, likely because he was ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: When Can A Parent Apply For Child Support

Posted August 31, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: When Can A Parent Apply For Child Support

In this video we discuss how parents who have their children living with them after separation can apply for child support at any time. Usually they apply right after they separate or as part of their divorce application. They often apply for custody and child support at the same time. It is usually best to deal with these matters as early as possible. ...

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Were Negotiations Contingent on the Husband Ending His Affair?

Posted August 28, 2017

Were Negotiations Contingent on the Husband Ending His Affair?

In an case I had reported on a few weeks ago, the marriage contract between the husband and wife – drafted by the wife’s lawyer – had contained an inadvertent drafting error, giving the husband the full value of the matrimonial home, when the actual intent was to give him only half. The relationship irrevocably broke down shortly after the agreement was ...

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