family law


  • OCA nixes cost awards against lawyer

    OCA nixes cost awards against lawyer

    Jan 15, 2018

    The Ontario Court of Appeal has reversed a judge’s order that a Kitchener-Waterloo lawyer should pay $100,000 in costs personally in a child welfare case.

  • Former client launches $3-million lawsuit against Fasken

    Former client launches $3-million lawsuit against Fasken

    Dec 18, 2017

    A former client is suing Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP for $3 million, claiming the firm and two of its former lawyers were professionally negligent.

  • Law society to widen scope of family law

    Law society to widen scope of family law

    Dec 11, 2017

    Now that the Law Society of Upper Canada has committed to opening some parts of family law to paralegals, practitioners are warning against letting paralegals offer legal services in the area without lawyers’ supervision.

  • Lawyers oppose court closures at forum

    Lawyers oppose court closures at forum

    Dec 4, 2017

    The planned centralization of Toronto’s satellite provincial courts to a new courthouse will make accessing the justice system more difficult, said lawyers and other community activists at a community forum Nov. 28.

  • LSUC to expand scope of family law for paralegals

    LSUC to expand scope of family law for paralegals

    Dec 1, 2017

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has approved a plan that will eventually expand the scope of family law to let paralegals offer some services in the area.

  • Debate most useful

    Nov 27, 2017

    Any lawyer looking for debate is sure to find it with their peers. The amount of discussion set off over requiring lawyers to sign a statement of principles has been a heady surprise.

  • OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    OCA rules on Islamic marriage contract

    Nov 13, 2017

    The Court of Appeal has determined that part of an Islamic marriage contract was part of net family property under the Ontario Family Law Act. The appeal in Bakhshi v. Hosseinzadeh concerned whether property conveyed under an Islamic marriage contract — or Maher — should be excluded from net family property, which is the monetary value of parties’ net worth that is equalized between spouses when they separate.

  • Will expansion become a reality?

    Will expansion become a reality?

    Nov 6, 2017

    A proposal for increasing the number of Unified Family Courts in Ontario has emerged from the Ministry of the Attorney General. After decades of lobbying, members of the family law bar are hoping this two-stage plan will graduate from intention to implementation.

  • Equal shared parenting’s latest push

    Equal shared parenting’s latest push

    Nov 6, 2017

    The 2014 defeat of a private member’s bill establishing equal shared parenting as the default position in custody disputes is not deterring advocates from commencing another attempt, setting the scene for a battle between those who support a rebuttable presumption of equal parenting time and those who believe a blanket presumption to be ill advised.

  • New way to hear voice of child

    New way to hear voice of child

    Nov 6, 2017

    A new study has found a way to circumvent the costs and labour intensity of reports from the Office of the Children’s Lawyer while still ensuring that a child’s voice is heard in custody and access matters. The use of non-evaluated reports, which simply outline the child’s wishes, has been found to lead to faster, earlier settlements in many cases.

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