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Has the Time Come in Ontario for E-Filing Divorce Applications?

Posted January 30, 2017

Has the Time Come in Ontario for E-Filing Divorce Applications?

As reported in Canadian Lawyer magazine recently on January 18, 2017 at a Law Society of Upper Canada event, Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi stated that the province of Ontario is considering allowing divorce applications to be e-filed.

This follows upon initiatives in provincial Small Claims Court during the past few years to increase digitization, ...

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Collaborative Law Practice – Coming to More Ontario Law Firms Near You

Posted January 26, 2017

Collaborative Law Practice – Coming to More Ontario Law Firms Near You

As the name of my firm says, here at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers we practice what is known as “Collaborative Family Law”, which is a voluntary, contract-based Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process for those seeking to negotiate a resolution of their Family Law dispute, rather than having one imposed on them ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How Are Decisions Made About Custody in Ontario

Posted January 25, 2017

Wednesday's Video Clip: How Are Decisions Made About Custody in Ontario

 In this law video we discuss how decisions are made about the custody of children.

Often, deciding on a parenting arrangement after a marriage is over is not easy. Under the Divorce Act one or both parents may have custody of the children.

If you cannot agree on a parenting arrangement, the divorce law sets out some basic principles that a ...

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Father Punches His Own Dad in the Face at Christmas Gathering; Can Mother Deny Him Access to their Child?

Posted January 23, 2017

Father Punches His Own Dad in the Face at Christmas Gathering; Can Mother Deny Him Access to their Child?

Here’s a good question: Is a mother entitled to unilaterally deprive the father of his access rights to their child, based on an incident – that she did not witness – in which the father punched the child’s grandfather in the face? Does it matter that she heard the news from the father’s recently-estranged ...

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Can Putting Your Work Before Your Kids Cost You Access Rights? Yes!

Posted January 19, 2017

Can Putting Your Work Before Your Kids Cost You Access Rights? Yes!

If your job responsibilities routinely prevent you from exercising your access rights on a regular basis, can a court make it even harder for you to see your kids?

Absolutely.

That’s what happened in an Ontario case called Stimpson v. Stimpson. There, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter had lived with the mother in Ottawa since their separation ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How To Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

Posted January 18, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: How To Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

In this law video we review the different ways you can get more information about family law.

There are many professional people, organizations and other sources that can help you or provide information about family law issues, including:
1. An information centre specializing in family justice
2. A parent education course for separating parents
3. ...

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Calling Someone a “Liar” Online: Is that Defamation, or Merely “Comment”?

Posted January 16, 2017

Calling Someone a “Liar” Online: Is that Defamation, or Merely “Comment”?

In an interesting recent case heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal, the court was asked to consider whether calling someone a “liar” in an online blog was merely a comment, or whether it was tantamount to defamation. (And to make the issue more interesting, both the object of the slur, and the person making it, happened to be ...

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Both Executor-Siblings Liable When One of Them Squanders Money Under Dad’s Will

Posted January 12, 2017

Both Executor-Siblings Liable When One of Them Squanders Money Under Dad’s Will

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal case addresses a very straightforward issue: If there are two trustees appointed under a Will, can one co-trustee stand by and do nothing, while the other co-trustee squanders Estate money?

In Cahill v. Cahill the facts were also straightforward, and involved a deceased father and his adult children. ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

Posted January 11, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

In this law video we discuss the child support guidelines.

In 1997, the federal government brought in a set of new rules and tables for calculating the amount of support a parent who does not have custody of his or her child must pay to the parent who has custody.

These rules and tables were later adopted by the Ontario government and are set out in the Child ...

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Canadian Law At-a-Glance: Passports for Kids

Posted January 9, 2017

Canadian Law At-a-Glance: Passports for Kids

With winter break right around the corner, it’s a good time to touch on the requirements for obtaining or renewing your child’s valid Passport. Here is what you need to know:

Does My Kid Need a Passport?

The short answer: Yes.

All Canadian children – from newborn on upward – require their own Passport in order to travel. Any Passport issued for your child is valid only ...

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