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Welcome to the Team Amanda

Posted April 4, 2018

Welcome to the Team Amanda

Amanda Crocker, Family Law Clerk, has worked in the area of family law for over 15 years. She enjoys the challenges that are involved in family law, and takes pride in the personal connection to each client.

Amanda has worked in various law firms, including a high profile specialized family law boutique in addition to having the opportunity to assist amazing lawyers that are now Justices of the ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Issues to Consider Before Meeting your Lawyer

Posted April 4, 2018

 

Wednesday's Video Clip: Issues to Consider Before Meeting your Lawyer

In Ontario, a Will is a written document that sets out the person's wishes about how his or her estate should be taken care of and distributed after death. In this video, Rita, a senior law clerk with Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, describes what a will is, some of the early issues to consider for preparing a will, and what steps you ...

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Does Husband’s Bankruptcy Suspend His Obligation to Pay Costs Order in Wife’s Favour?

Posted April 3, 2018

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Does Husband’s Bankruptcy Suspend His Obligation to Pay Costs Order in Wife’s Favor?

Here’s a legal scenario to consider:

The husband in a divorce proceeding is ordered by the court to pay $35,000 in legal costs to the wife. He fails to pay – or even to make any attempt to pay.
The wife succeeds in getting a court order to have the husband’s pleadings struck out entirely, ...

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Have you seen our new Youtube videos?

Posted March 29, 2018

The team over at Russell Alexander Family Lawyers worked extremely hard to bring you these new question and answer videos. We've covered an array of topics and are excited to share this new information with you.

 

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and ...

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Father Says Kid’s Karate is OK, but MMA is Not; Court Rules on Special Expenses

Posted March 29, 2018

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Father Says Kid’s Karate is OK, but MMA is Not; Court Rules on Special Expenses

As readers of my Blog will know, under the rules relating to child support in Ontario, parents are obliged to financially support their children, and this duty comes to the forefront when the parents are separated or divorced.

However, there are actually two distinct aspects of that ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Can a common-law couple adopt a child?

Posted March 28, 2018


 

Wednesday's Video Clip: Can a common-law couple adopt a child?

In Ontario, common-law spouses have the same rights as married spouses to adopt a child; they are also subject to the exact same requirements. These include the requirement that they have both reached the age of 18, that they provide certain documents (e.g. medical reports, police clearance reports, letters of reference, financial statements, ...

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Despite Parent’s Objection, Court Grants Other Parent the Right to Move Child to Nova Scotia

Posted March 27, 2018

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Despite Parent’s Objection, Court Grants Other Parent the Right to Move Child to Nova Scotia

In an interesting recent Court of Appeal decision, the court demonstrated the sensitivity with which custody applications must be assessed, particularly where one parent wants to move away with the child to a different province entirely.

The same-sex parents, Ms. B and Ms. R, separated after nine ...

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Pets and Break-ups:  Is “Pet Custody” the Answer?

Posted March 22, 2018

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Pets and Break-ups:  Is “Pet Custody” the Answer?

To some, it may seem trivial, and far down the list of items that a separating or divorcing couple should concern themselves with.  But for others, the Newfoundland Court of Appeal’s recent ruling will help to clarify a legal question that has vexed courts across the country:
Who gets custody of a pet, when partners split up?  And ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Can a Child Support Agreement or Order Be Changed?

Posted March 21, 2018

 

Wednesday's Video Clip: Can a Child Support Agreement or Order Be Changed

If both parents agree, they can simply amend the terms of their existing agreement or they can make a new agreement. The amendment or the new agreement must be in writing, dated, signed by both parents, and each parent must have their signature witnessed.

In order to have the terms of the new agreement enforced by the Family ...

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Changes to Divorce Act Recommended

Posted March 20, 2018

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Changes to Divorce Act Recommended

The Canadian Bar Association (CBA), which is the largest professional, nation-wide association for lawyers in Canada, has recently recommended updates to the federal Divorce Act. Put forward by the CBA’s Family Law Section, these suggested changes are aimed at reflecting new realities related to modern-day parenting.
The proposed changes relate to ...

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