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All Parents Are Equal Act, 2016 Now In Force – Surrogacy Arrangements Impacted

Posted April 6, 2017

All Parents Are Equal Act, 2016 Now In Force – Surrogacy Arrangements Impacted

Several months ago, I wrote a series of pieces including: Ontario Government Introduces Bill to Strengthen the Legal Status of All Parents, New Surrogacy and Parenting Declaration Laws Upcoming in Ontario, and New Proposed Law Clarifies Parentage, Surrogacy Rights, and Rights Arising from Assisted ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Top 4 Points About Enforcing Child and Spousal Support Payments

Posted April 5, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Top 4 Points About Enforcing Child and Spousal Support Payments

In this video we review ways to enforce child and spousal support Orders in Ontario.

For those ex-spouses who are subject to a court order or have agreed that one of them will pay spousal or child support to the other, there are several points about the enforcement of such orders or agreements that are noteworthy, this video will review four ...

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Ontario Superior Court Justice Pazaratz Speaks Out Against Legal Aid Squandering – Again

Posted April 3, 2017

Ontario Superior Court Justice Pazaratz Speaks Out Against Legal Aid Squandering – Again

A recent Family law decision by Justice Pazaratz of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice caused a stir this past few weeks. In his written endorsement of a consent order, he bluntly stated that the case before him should not have been dragged out so long, and should not have been funded by public coffers so ...

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UK Tightens Immigration Rules for Foreign Spouses

Posted March 30, 2017

UK Tightens Immigration Rules for Foreign Spouses

In a controversial decision the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has recently upheld the legality of immigration rules that imposed requirements on its British citizens to have a certain level of income before they are able to bring their spouses into the country. These contentious “Minimum Income Rules”, which came into force in 2012, had been challenged by four ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How to Fill out a Financial Statement

Posted March 29, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: How to Fill out a Financial Statement

In this law video, Darla review the steps required to fill out a financial statement for the family court or negotiating the terms of your divorce settlement.

When entering into a Separation Agreement or bringing an Application before the Court, parties must provide full financial disclosure.

Complete financial disclosure is a prerequisite to the settlement of any ...

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Revenge Porn: Not Just a Bad Idea; It’s Also a Crime

Posted March 27, 2017

Revenge Porn: Not Just a Bad Idea; It’s Also a Crime

A few weeks ago, I reported on the appeal-level decision in the case of “revenge porn” where a woman’s ex-boyfriend had posted explicit photos of her on a pornographic website and showed them to his friends, all without her consent. She sued him for civil damages to compensate for the resulting humiliation.

The existence of this type of case is not unexpected, ...

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Regret is No Excuse for Disobeying Consent Order: Mom Blocks Grandmother’s Access to Kid

Posted March 23, 2017

Regret is No Excuse for Disobeying Consent Order: Mom Blocks Grandmother’s Access to Kid

In some Family Law cases, one can speculate about the good intentions behind a parent’s actions, even when they end up being contrary to an agreement with the other parent, or to a court order. Still, it behooves the court to enforce its prior orders and agreements, to maintain the semblance of fairness and respect for ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Top 5 questions about spousal support in Ontario, Canada

Posted March 22, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Top 5 questions about spousal support in Ontario, Canada

In this video we review some of the more common questions about spousal support in Ontario, including:

1) What is spousal support?

Spousal support -- which is sometimes called "alimony" -- is money paid from one spouse to the other after the dissolution of the relationship. The obligation to pay spousal support is a legal one, and may arise either ...

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Should Pacemaker Evidence Be Used to Catch Cheaters?

Posted March 20, 2017

Should Pacemaker Evidence Be Used to Catch Cheaters?

I have written several times before about some of the more novel uses of the information that can be gleaned from social media, for example the use in Family Law of evidence taken from Facebook. Some of our previous posts include: Facebook as a Source of Evidence In Family Law: Part 1; Facebook as a Source of Evidence in Family Law: Part 2; and  Facebook as a Source of ...

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Appeal Court Affirms No Claim for Emotional Harm Arising from Birth of Unwanted Child

Posted March 16, 2017

Appeal Court Affirms No Claim for Emotional Harm Arising from Birth of Unwanted Child

An unusual case arising from a man’s lawsuit over a baby he didn’t want has now been heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal.

As I reported here, the facts involved a man and woman who had a brief romantic fling in 2014, lasting less than two months. After going on a few dates, they had unprotected sex on several occasions. Although it ...

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