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"Russell changed my life – with dignity, integrity – and all out of court. I stopped worrying when I retained him. Collaborative practice is just better practice." - Sarah V.

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Can parents be kept from seeing their children if they do not pay child support?

Posted February 20, 2019

Wednesday's Video Clip: Can parents be kept from seeing their children if they do not pay child support?

No. The law assumes that it is usually good for a child to have a relationship with both parents. Keeping a parent from seeing his or her child is considered punishing the child. The law will not punish a child because his or her parent fails to pay child support. The law gives parents who do not have custody “access” to their children so ...

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Court Strikes Down Law Barring Platonic Parents from Adopting

Posted February 19, 2019

Court Strikes Down Law Barring Platonic Parents from Adopting

In an important recent case called S.M. (Re), an Ontario court struck down as unconstitutional a legislative provision requiring adoptive parents to be “spouses”. The ruling opens the door for platonic friends to jointly adopt a child in certain scenarios.

The court was presented with joint application for adoption put forward by two women, who ...

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Family Day 2019!

Posted February 18, 2019

Happy family day from the lawyers and staff at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family ...

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Marriage Annulment 101

Posted February 14, 2019

Marriage Annulment 101

Last week we wrote about whether a scam immigration can be annulled under Canadian divorce law. This provides a good springboard for exploring some basic legal facts pertaining to the concept of an annulment, that many people may not be aware of.

Question:  What is an annulment?

Answer:  An annulment is simply a formal court order that brings an ...

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Can a common-law couple adopt a child?

Posted February 13, 2019

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) and that they participate in both a home study process ...

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Despite Canadian Order, Court in India Refuses to Allow Child’s Return

Posted February 12, 2019

Despite Canadian Order, Court in India Refuses to Allow Child’s Return

Given the impressive multiculturalism of modern-day Canada, it is not uncommon for parents to have originated from different nations before settling down to raise their children here.  But when those same parents later find themselves on the brink of separation or divorce, they may choose to return to their country-of-origin (often to rejoin extended ...

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The Family Law Limited Scope Services Project 

Posted February 12, 2019

The Family Law Limited Scope Services Project 

The Law Foundation of Ontario recently reported that:
"A new website designed to help Ontarians with their family law needs will officially launch on February 12, at a special reception that will take place at the Law Society of Ontario.
The Family Law Limited Scope Services Project aims to improve access to family justice for middle income Ontarians by increasing the ...

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Can Scam Immigration Marriage Be Annulled?

Posted February 7, 2019

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Can Scam Immigration Marriage Be Annulled?

In this Blog we often focus on divorce, and its fall-out.   A topic that doesn’t come up often, is the effect of immigration fraud on the validity of a marriage.

This unusual issue was the focus in an Ontario case called Grewal v. Kaur, where on a motion for summary judgment the court was faced with the following question in its own ...

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