Domestic Violence in Ontario

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Ontario Family Violence Help: What You Need to Know

“Family violence” is a term that includes many different forms of physical or psychological abuse or neglect. It can be experienced by adults or children in a family. Many forms of family violence are crimes, including: physical abuse (such as hitting, punching, kicking, burning, cutting, stabbing, forcibly confining or shooting); sexual abuse (such as any […]

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How Far Should the Concept of “Violence” Go?

In one of my more popular posts from a while ago In Family Law, Can Text Messages Amount to “Violence”?   we discussed a case called Menchella v. Menchella  http://canlii.ca/t/ftmth in which the court concluded that the husband’s relentless and abusive texting to the wife amounted to “violence” for the purposes of the Ontario Family Law Act. […]

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Allegations of Abuse in Family Law Cases – An Ontario Judge Speaks Up

In a post a few weeks ago, “Some Words of Wisdom from an Ontario Family Judge” , I quoted from the judgment of Mr. Justice Conlan in A.A.-L. v. M.L., who lamented over the “sad case” that he was asked to hear in his family law courtroom. In a second decision, rendered only a few weeks […]

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An Example of How Family Violence is Addressed in Family Law

An Example of How Family Violence is Addressed in Family Law There’s no doubt:  Family law disputes can get nasty.   Emotions run high, and intemperate conduct can quickly escalate.  A recent B.C. case addressed illustrated the type of misbehaviour that can result in one spouse getting a protection order against the other. The wealthy couple […]

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