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Voice of the Child Reports

Voice of the Child Reports (“VOC reports”) are a relatively recent development in the growing trend to recognize and incorporate children’s voices into matters that affect them.[1] This blog paper will answer four key questions about VOC reports. 1. What...

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For Better or For Worse: Postnuptial Agreements and Intervention By the Court

Postnuptial agreements are an increasingly popular method for spouses to protect their wealth from future claims from a separated spouse as a result of relationship breakdown. A postnuptial agreement is a form of marriage contract that is negotiated and signed...

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Rights of Married versus Unmarried Spouses

Common law relationships are increasingly common in Canada; however, many people do not realize the differing obligations and legal rights of married versus unmarried spouses upon separation. For example, in Ontario, Alberta and New Brunswick, unmarried spouses have no automatic...

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Why a Lawyer Should Draft Your Separation Agreement in the Age of Do-it-Yourself Divorce Kits

Many recently-separated couples look for ways to resolve separation issues and save the time and expense of consulting a lawyer. However using an online template separation agreement or a do-it-yourself kit, can significantly increase costs and take years to resolve....

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Cannabis and Family Law

On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act came into force, legalizing the recreational use, possession, and growing of cannabis in Canada, subject to some restrictions. This piece reviews implications of cannabis use in family law matters, primarily custody and access...

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Social Media Postings Can Be Used Against You in Family Law Proceedings

Billions of users of social media networks regularly share their personal lives on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The content posted on social media networks may be unsecured, accessible by others, and permanently recorded. For these reasons,...

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What are Section 7 Expenses?

In a previous piece (available here), we discussed parents’ obligations to pay child support in respect of only the Basic Monthly Amount.  This piece considers the obligations in respect of Section 7 Expenses. As a recap, each of the Federal...

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Three Important Things to Know about Basic Monthly Child Support

The federal and Ontario governments share responsibility for family law in Ontario.  Some child support guidelines are under federal law, while others are under provincial law.  If you are divorced or have applied for a divorce, the Federal Child Support...

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Highlights of the Proposed Amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act

A recent bill introduced by Canada’s Minister of Justice proposes modernizing federal family law in Canada. Bill C-78 proposes amendments to Canada’s Divorce Act through its first substantive changes in 30 years, and two other Acts, and make consequential changes to...

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When a Spouse is not a Spouse

The Superior Court has recently had the opportunity to revisit an issue that has not been addressed by the courts in twenty years: whether the Family Law Act definition of “spouse” applies to the Insurance Act definition of “spouse”.  For...

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Blogue Droit de la famille

Consulter la dernière édition du Blogue Droit de la famille (disponible en anglais seulement)

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