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Familyllb’s 5 Most Popular Blogs of 2011

Familyllb’s 5 Most Popular Family Law Blogs of 2011

Well it has been quite a year, our Familyllb blog was viewed over 30,000 times in 2011, over a 1000% increase in viewer traffic from 2010. We had over 150 new posts in 2011. So here we go with a summary of:

Our top 5 family law blog posts for 2011

# 5

Top 10 Things to Know About Children and Passports

published February 7, 2011


With Spring Break coming soon, and summer holidays being just around the corner, it’s a good time to revisit the law in connection with passports for children of parents who are separated or divorced.

Even if a valid passport has been issued for the child, any time they are scheduled to travel outside of Canada – whether alone or with one parent or other relative – a Letter of Consent should be obtained from the other parent. This serves as evidence that the child has the consent of both parents to embark on the trip.

The rules surrounding passport applications for children in cases involving separation and divorce will differ according to the facts of each situation.

# 4

Top 5 Questions About Adultery and Divorce in Ontario

published May 23, 2011


It seems that celebrity gossip tabloids will never have a shortage of topics to cover, as long as there are stories about extramarital affairs by successful, high-profile celebrities. Most recently, it has been alleged that Arnold Schwartzenegger fathered a child with the housekeeper employed in the home he shared with his wife of 25 years; prior to that, Tiger Woods has admitted to having sexual trysts with at least 14 women outside of his relatively short marriage.

Leaving aside the intriguing question of how adultery affects couples psychologically and emotionally (and why such powerful, successful people would jeopardize their marital relationships in this manner), the legal effect of adultery is quite clear.

# 3

Ontario’s Bill 133 & Regulation for Pension Division to Commence January 2012

published June 27, 2011


Ontario’s Attorney General Chris Bentley reports that starting January 1, 2012, the pension division and valuation provisions in the Family Statute Law Amendment Act, 2009 will come into force. The changes are designed to make the family justice system more affordable, faster, simpler and less confrontational.

The new regulation under the Pension Benefits Act that sets out the valuation methodology and the process for receiving a payout from the plan will be made available at a later date.

The six month transition period will hopefully provide some time for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario to create the requisite Superintendent’s forms; for administrators to prepare their systems for compliance with the new regime; and for lawyers and other professional advisors to familiarize themselves with the new legislative and regulatory framework.

# 2

10 Things You Should Know About Child Support

published April 9, 2010


All dependent children have a legal right to be financially supported by their parents. When parents live together with their children, they support the children together. Parents who do not live together often have an arrangement in which a child lives most of the time with one parent. That parent is said to have custody of the child. This arrangement can be written in a separation agreement or court order (sometimes called legal custody), or may occur without a written agreement or court order (sometimes called “de facto” custody).

Either way, the parent with custody has the main responsibility for the day-to-day care of the child and has most of the ordinary expenses of raising the child. The other parent should help with those expenses by paying money to the parent with custody. This is called child support.

and # 1

15 Best Quips by Justice Quinn in Bruni v. Bruni

published December 18, 2010


The Ontario Superior Court of Justice released the 2010 decision of Justice Quinn in the case of Catherine Bruni v. Larry Bruni on November 29, 2010.

In decision filled with wry quips and comments by Justice Quinn, the court awards, amongst other things, monthly spousal support in the amount of one dollar.

Those were our top 5 posts for 2011.  Congratulations to Justice Quinn for once again making our top spot.

Thank you to everyone who visited our blog and for your comments and support throughout the year. We hope you have found the information we have provided useful and informative.

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the Founder & Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers.