family law


  • Clarity around reunification therapy orders provided

    Clarity around reunification therapy orders provided

    Feb 11, 2019

    In cases where there is genuine alienation between a parent and child, a court may look to order reunification therapy as a means of reconciling them.

  • Ruling changes the way co-parents recognized

    Ruling changes the way co-parents recognized

    Feb 11, 2019

    A recent case has changed the laws in Ontario around adoption after two women successfully challenged the 2017 changes to the provincial Child, Youth and Family Services Act.

  • Divorce Act changes bring in less adversarial language

    Divorce Act changes bring in less adversarial language

    Feb 11, 2019

    Last year, headlines were made when the federal government announced an overhaul to the federal Divorce Act.

  • Grey divorces pose legal challenges

    Grey divorces pose legal challenges

    Feb 11, 2019

    Divorces that happen later in life can have unique legal challenges, such as the proximity to retirement, life insurance and whether or not grown children become participants in the proceedings.

  • Family status accommodation at centre of case

    Family status accommodation at centre of case

    Jan 28, 2019

    A recent Ontario Superior Court decision shows the courts are still grappling with how best to determine what classifies as workplace discrimination on the basis of family status, say lawyers who represent employers and employees.

  • Foreign guardianship orders need action

    Jan 14, 2019

    The Ontario legislature is failing in its responsibility to designate prescribed jurisdictions from which courts may recognize guardianship orders made outside of Canada.

  • Calls to change legislation to stop predatory marriages

    Calls to change legislation to stop predatory marriages

    Nov 19, 2018

    Seniors and other vulnerable people need to be protected from predators seeking access to their estate through marriage, say family and estates lawyers.

  • New divorce act holds beneficial changes

    New divorce act holds beneficial changes

    Nov 19, 2018

    A modernization of Canada’s Divorce Act intended to make the family justice system more efficient and effective could significantly impact some families during the divorce process, say lawyers.

  • Decision addresses support obligations

    Decision addresses support obligations

    Nov 19, 2018

    A recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision serves as a reminder to lawyers that there are no hard and fast rules laying out when support for a child should end.

  • Platonic friends can adopt a child together

    Platonic friends can adopt a child together

    Nov 19, 2018

    The Ontario Superior Court has recently sided with two friends seeking to adopt a child together, finding governing legislation restricting their joint adoption application to be unconstitutional.

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