Facilitating Child Access During COVID 19 Pandemic
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Facilitating Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Facilitating child access during the ordinary hustle and bustle of regular life sometimes has its challenges. While some parties amicably facilitate access between themselves, some parties experience difficulties. However, COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has made facilitating access extremely difficult and challenging for almost everyone. As we are in an unprecedented situation, parties are turning to […]

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What does ADR Mean?

Alternative Dispute Resolution, commonly known by its acronym “ADR”, is an alternative method parties can turn to in order to settle disagreements. In ADR, the parties attempt to come together and discuss the issues in the hopes of reaching an agreement in their matter. Most importantly, ADR facilitates a more direct approach to settling matters […]

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Who gets the house in a divorce?
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Who Gets the House in a Divorce?

When parties divorce, the splitting of assets is often a major issue. Often times, the largest asset the parties own is the matrimonial home. This begs the question, who gets the house in a divorce? When two people marry, they essentially decide to join their proprietary interests. Regardless of which party’s name is on the […]

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Cancelled Child Support
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Can Child Support Be Cancelled?

Whether child support can or should be cancelled is a complex topic that, like many other areas of law, depends on the circumstances. There is no clear or direct answer as to when child support stops or can be cancelled.  A common misunderstanding in Ontario is that child support automatically ends when the child reaches […]

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Family Law Property Settlement Time Limits
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Family Law Property Settlement Time Limits

The lawyer-client relationship and limitation periods in family law. In 2014, a Newfoundland woman, Cheryl Hefferman, commenced a court action against her former family lawyers in relation to a claim for the division of pensions that had never been brought between herself and her ex-husband, despite her understanding that the pension issue had been resolved. […]

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How long do you have to pay child support payments?
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How Long Do You Have to Pay Child Support?

One of the most common questions regarding child support payments is, how long does a parent have to pay child support? The answer to this question quite simply depends on the circumstances of the case.   The requirement to pay child support ends when a child reaches the age of majority, which in Ontario is 18 […]

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Women Pay Child Support
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Do Women Pay Child Support?

Do Women Pay Child Support? The idea that women do not have to pay child support is a myth. While historically a father would make child support payments for the children, this is no longer the standard.  &nbsp How Does Child Support Work? Child support is based on two factors: the primary residence of the […]

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Divorcing a Narcissist

  When getting a divorce, parties should seek to negotiate and reach a settlement. This can be extremely difficult when a party exhibits traits of narcissism. Below are four key points to keep in mind when divorcing a narcissist. Determine if your ex is a narcissist Narcissists typically lack empathy and accept no responsibility. They […]

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Collaborative divorce: An Alternative To Litigation

Collaborative divorce (colloquially referred to as collaborative law) has steadily increased in popularity across North America since its inception in the early 1990s by Minnesota family lawyer Stuart Webb. In Ontario alone, there are now over 20 practice groups with 620 professionals who practice collaborative divorce and separation. What is collaborative divorce? Collaborative divorce is […]

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Myths Surrounding A Father’s “Rights” to Custody

There is an unfounded belief that fathers do not have equal rights to custody. Do courts actually favor mothers over fathers for custody? Are single fathers also entitled to custody? Do fathers also have the right to claim spousal support? Let’s address these questions one at a time.    Mothers are not favored over fathers during […]

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