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Upcoming Virtual Event: International Child Abductions & the “Hague Convention”

Family Law Now Live Virtual Event Series
Written by Russell Alexander / (905) 655-6335

Russell Alexander’s Family Law Now 🎙 LIVE presents a virtual event with a panel of Ontario family lawyers.

International Child Abductions & the “Hague Convention”

with Fareen Jamal, Fadwa Yehia, Lindsey Love-Forester, Bryan R.G. Smith & Russell Alexander

Wednesday, January 18th at 12 PM EST

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In this 1-hour presentation, Ontario family lawyers, Russell Alexander and guest speakers, Lindsey Love-Forester and Bryan Smith of Lerners LLP, and Fareen Jamal and Fadwa Yehia of Jamal Family Law, will be discussing international abductions and the “Hague Convention”, covering the following topics:

1. Top 10 things you should know about the “Hague Convention”
1) What is it?
2) What forms do they use?
3) Are there a separate set of Rules, Codes, or Regulations setting out the process?
4) What are the deadlines?
5) Do you commence the proceeding in Canada?
6) How do you affect service of your documents?
7) Where is the hearing conducted?
8) How do you enforce the Order?
9) Appealing decisions
10) Tips and tricks

2. What are non-Hague cases and how are they different?

3. Case study No.1: F. v. N., 2022 SCC 51
1) Background
2) The 3 top arguments for F.
3) The 3 top arguments for N.
4) The SCC’s decision
5) A principled approach & takeaways

4. Case study No 2.: Leigh v. Rubio, 2022 ONCA 582
1) Background
2) Would it be decided differently today?
3) New rule changes

There will also be a dedicated Q&A segment as part of the presentation. The panelists invite our audience members to send in their questions in advance.

Registration is complimentary and all are welcome. Registrants will receive an email via Zoom upon registration with their login details for the event.

To respect confidentiality, all attendees’ identities will remain anonymous to other audience members.

Attendees who provide their feedback to our team will receive a complimentary advanced copy of Russell Alexander’s e-book following the webinar.

*Please note that all of the content provided in the presentations is intended to provide general information on separation, divorce, and family law matters, and should not be construed as legal advice.

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For a full list of our upcoming webinars, visit us HERE.


Russell Alexander, Family Lawyer

Russell Alexander
Founder & Senior Partner at Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers

Russell is the Founder and Senior Partner of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers. With over 20 years of experience, Russell offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise in Collaborative Family Law. He uses his experience with a client-focused approach by creating unique solutions for each of his clients to enable them and their families to move forward with their lives in a compassionate and collaborative manner.

Fareen Jamal
Principal at Jamal Family Law

Fareen practices family and estate litigation at Jamal Family Law Professional Corporation in Oakville, Ontario. Fareen serves as a Deputy Judge in Milton, Brampton and Burlington and is also an accredited mediator. She is a panel member on the Office of the Children’s Lawyer personal rights panel. Fareen has served as the Chair on the Ontario Bar Association’s Family Law Section; and was a board member of the Ismaili Conciliation and Arbitration Board. Fareen completed her Masters in Law, specializing in Family Law, in 2012, and was the 2014 recipient for the OBA Young Lawyers Award. Fareen is a member of the Family Law Rules Committee, and a member of the Superior Court of Justice Family Working Group, appointed by the Family Judge for Ontario, Suzanne Stevenson. Fareen is a co-chair of the Six-Minute Family Law Lawyer. 

Fadwa Yehia
Associate at Jamal Family Law

Fadwa Yehia is an Associate at Jamal Family Law where she practices in all areas of family law, with a special focus on child-related matters including cases involving parent-child contact problems, jurisdictional and mobility disputes as well as international abduction. She has represented clients at all levels of court including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Fadwa is a member of the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates Society, Halton Law Association and the Arab Canadian Lawyers Association. She served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors to the United Nations Association in Canada, Toronto Region Branch for several years. She was also recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter. 

Lindsey Love-Forester
Partner at Lerners LLP

Lindsey Love-Forester is a family lawyer and partner at Lerners LLP. She was called to the bar in 2009 after earning her Juris Doctor and certificate in International Business Law at Queen’s University. With over 10 years of family law experience, Lindsey has been involved in several noteworthy cases and has served as co-chair of multiple family law programs with the Ontario bar association 

Bryan R.G. Smith
Partner at Lerners LLP

Bryan R.G. Smith is a partner at Lerners LLP. His practice is restricted to family law and has also completed the Ministry of the Attorney General training to conduct mediations and arbitrations. During his 30+ years of experience, Bryan has received several recognitions such as leading practitioner by Chambers High Net Worth Guide in the area of family/matrimonial law, Distinguished lawyer rating from Martindale Hubbell Canada, and as a leading family lawyer with Lexpert. 

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Russell Alexander

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