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Family Law Now | Ep. 55: Divorce, Parenting, and Self-Help

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Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

Episode 55

Russell Alexander, Margie Primero-Pimentel & Cindy Vergara share their insights on parenting and self-help in divorce and family law.

  1. The Basics: What is self-help?
    1. Divorce & Separation
    2. Parenting Time Language
    3. Self-help
    4. The Lexicon of “Self-help”
  2. Status Quo
  3. The Good
    1. Status quo – could be good for your situation
    2. Best interests of the child – standard to overturn
      1. Domestic Violence
    3. Proactive tools:
      1. Notice & Agreements
      2. Court Orders
    4. Help to reduce conflict
    5. FDR/ADR solutions
  4. The Bad
    1. Exclusive possession orders – what does this open you to? Occupation rent, who will pay for the expenses, can you change the locks?
    2. Status quo –did you acquiesce?
    3. Virtual snooping- tort liability
    4. Emergency court proceedings – costly, unpredictable, new status quo to be created as result of self-help, decision follows you
    5. When your spouse does self-help
  5. The Ugly
    1. Parent leaving the jurisdiction/country without other parent’s consent or knowledge
      1. Hague/ police involvement/ multiple proceedings
      2. Preventative Measures: What can you do?
        • Where is your child traveling to?
        • Passport Controls
        • Time is of the Essence
  6. Case Law

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Show Notes

Supreme Court of Canada Agrees to Hear Mom’s Appeal in Self-Help Case

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Russell Alexander

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