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Do Judges Need to Actually Give Reasons?

Posted February 6, 2017

Do Judges Need to Actually Give Reasons?

For those of you “armchair lawyers” who like to follow real-life trials, watch TV crime shows, or even just read books by John Grisham, here’s an interesting question for you:

In law, can a litigant appeal a judicial ruling simply because the judge’s reasons were brief?

The answer is: Maybe.

The sparseness of the reasons given by the trial judge was among the grounds ...

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If a Biological Parent is Paying Child Support, Does a Step-Parent Still Have to Pay?

Posted February 2, 2017

If a Biological Parent is Paying Child Support, Does a Step-Parent Still Have to Pay?

In Stetler v. Stetler, the mother and had a child with a man (the biological father). The mother then married a second man (the step-father), and the relationship lasted eight years before they separated. During that entire time, the step-father treated the girl as his own, and supporter her financially as part of his role in the new ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Child Support & Parents on Social Assistance in Ontario

Posted February 1, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Child Support & Parents on Social Assistance in Ontario

Parents on social assistance who have custody of their children must make reasonable efforts to get support from the other parent. If they do not, they may receive less assistance, or none at all. If they do not already have a support agreement or order, they are expected to get one. They must give information about the other parent to a family ...

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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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