family law


  • 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.

  • Rule useful for obtaining expert reports faster

    Rule useful for obtaining expert reports faster

    Nov 12, 2018

    A rarely invoked procedural rule should be used more often to address the issue of late service of expert reports in civil litigation, said an Ontario Superior Court judge in a recent ruling.

  • Pressure to find missing beneficiaries

    Pressure to find missing beneficiaries

    Oct 22, 2018

    When a beneficiary of an estate is missing, it puts pressure on the executor to do what is reasonable to find them before seeking relief through the courts to ensure that the executor or estate trustee is not liable.

  • Importance of preparing will be emphasized

    Importance of preparing will be emphasized

    Oct 22, 2018

    When a person dies without a will, a complicated legal process can ensue, say lawyers.

  • Factor digital assets into estate planning

    Factor digital assets into estate planning

    Oct 22, 2018

    Digital accounts and digital assets for communication, relationships, entertainment and media are now commonplace for many people, and some of that, including wealth, could be lost without proper estate planning, say lawyers.

  • Clarity needed in estates after divorce

    Clarity needed in estates after divorce

    Oct 22, 2018

    The failure to clarify spousal status following divorce and update a will can create confusion and may lead to conflict when it comes to the distribution of assets following death.

  • Issue of interim costs important

    Oct 8, 2018

    An interesting case has emerged dealing with the issue of interim costs and disbursements. This seems to me to be one of those issues that is rarely considered by family lawyers.

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