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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What if my child doesn’t want to visit their other parent? 

Posted July 4, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What if my child doesn't want to visit their other parent? 

It is difficult to feel as though you are forcing your child to visit their parent if they do not want to. However, if your partner has court ordered access rights, you are responsible to ensure that they attend their visit. The court looks poorly on parents who do not facilitate a relationship between a child and their parent. Your ...

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Wife Didn’t Know Husband Had Divorced Her – Can She Overturn it?

Posted July 3, 2018

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Wife Didn’t Know Husband Had Divorced Her – Can She Overturn it?

In Rai v. Grewal, the couple had started living together in 2003, and got married 8 years later, only to split up a few years after that. The husband applied for a Simple Divorce, which is a straightforward procedure designed for cases where the parties have no complex divorce-related issues between them, with evidence being put in by ...

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Newfoundland Court Makes Landmark Ruling Recognizing Polyamorous Parents

Posted June 28, 2018

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Newfoundland Court Makes Landmark Ruling Recognizing Polyamorous Parents

As the CBC recently reported an East coast court has made a ground-breaking ruling that affirms the parental rights of those in non-traditional families.

In Canada, polyamorous relationships – which involve three consenting unmarried adults rather than the customary two – are legal.  (They ...

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

Posted June 27, 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, and similar) ...

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Does Child Support Get Cut Off If University Student Take a “Gap Year”?

Posted June 26, 2018

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Does Child Support Get Cut Off If University Student Take a “Gap Year”?

In the recent case in Hilhorst v. Amaral, the court considered the effect that a “gap year” in a student’s education had, on a parent’s overall child support obligations.

The court heard that the parents had lived separately for 18 years, and had a daughter together who was now ...

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Mother Wins Appeal of Order Forcing her to Return to England or Lose Custody

Posted June 21, 2018

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Mother Wins Appeal of Order Forcing her to Return to England or Lose Custody

The upcoming summer travel season makes the case of Zafar v. Saiyid particularly interesting, since it involves a not-uncommon scenario of a separated parent taking children on holiday and then deciding never to come back. It illustrates only some of the complex judicial machinery that gets set ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What Is Power Of Attorney

Posted June 20, 2018

Wednesday's Video Clip: What Is Power Of Attorney

In Ontario, a Power of Attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the right to act on your behalf.

In this video, a Law Clerk with Russell Alexander Family Lawyers, discusses the importance of a Power of Attorney and what options and decisions you should consider when deciding who should be your power of attorney.

At Russell Alexander, Family Lawyers our ...

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Husband Says “Enough is Enough” on Spousal Support – Court Agrees

Posted June 19, 2018

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Husband Says “Enough is Enough” on Spousal Support – Court Agrees

This was a 15-year marriage that started in 1987, and ended with the couple’s separation in 2002.  From that point onward, pursuant to a court order the husband had been paying spousal support to the wife – for another full 15 years, in fact.  In other words, his support obligations to his wife (they never bothered ...

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Deciding to Separate?  Some Noteworthy Points About the “Valuation Date” in Family Law

Posted June 14, 2018

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Deciding to Separate?  Some Noteworthy Points About the “Valuation Date” in Family Law

A basic concept in Ontario Family Law is that, once spouses decide to separate, their respective entitlement to the matrimonial property they have brought into the relationship and accumulated during the marriage has to be assessed.  That assessment takes place on what is described in section ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Confidentiality

Posted June 13, 2018

 

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 ...

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