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Can Putting Your Work Before Your Kids Cost You Access Rights? Yes!

Posted January 19, 2017

Can Putting Your Work Before Your Kids Cost You Access Rights? Yes!

If your job responsibilities routinely prevent you from exercising your access rights on a regular basis, can a court make it even harder for you to see your kids?

Absolutely.

That’s what happened in an Ontario case called Stimpson v. Stimpson. There, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter had lived with the mother in Ottawa since their separation ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: How To Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

Posted January 18, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: How To Find More Information About Ontario Family Law

In this law video we review the different ways you can get more information about family law.

There are many professional people, organizations and other sources that can help you or provide information about family law issues, including:
1. An information centre specializing in family justice
2. A parent education course for separating parents
3. ...

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Calling Someone a “Liar” Online: Is that Defamation, or Merely “Comment”?

Posted January 16, 2017

Calling Someone a “Liar” Online: Is that Defamation, or Merely “Comment”?

In an interesting recent case heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal, the court was asked to consider whether calling someone a “liar” in an online blog was merely a comment, or whether it was tantamount to defamation. (And to make the issue more interesting, both the object of the slur, and the person making it, happened to be ...

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Both Executor-Siblings Liable When One of Them Squanders Money Under Dad’s Will

Posted January 12, 2017

Both Executor-Siblings Liable When One of Them Squanders Money Under Dad’s Will

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal case addresses a very straightforward issue: If there are two trustees appointed under a Will, can one co-trustee stand by and do nothing, while the other co-trustee squanders Estate money?

In Cahill v. Cahill the facts were also straightforward, and involved a deceased father and his adult children. ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

Posted January 11, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: What Are The Child Support Guidelines?

In this law video we discuss the child support guidelines.

In 1997, the federal government brought in a set of new rules and tables for calculating the amount of support a parent who does not have custody of his or her child must pay to the parent who has custody.

These rules and tables were later adopted by the Ontario government and are set out in the Child ...

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Canadian Law At-a-Glance: Passports for Kids

Posted January 9, 2017

Canadian Law At-a-Glance: Passports for Kids

With winter break right around the corner, it’s a good time to touch on the requirements for obtaining or renewing your child’s valid Passport. Here is what you need to know:

Does My Kid Need a Passport?

The short answer: Yes.

All Canadian children – from newborn on upward – require their own Passport in order to travel. Any Passport issued for your child is valid only ...

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Top 10 Blogs of 2016

Posted January 5, 2017

Top 10 Blogs of 2016

As we celebrate the beginning of a new year, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank our readers for their continued support. We would also like to recap some of our most popular posts from yet another busy year.

Here are some of our top blogs from 2016:

Number 10: Man, Married 33 Years, Robs Bank Rather Than Spend Another Minute with Wife

This post recapped the ...

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Wednesday’s Video Clip: Enforcement of Child Support in Ontario

Posted January 4, 2017


Wednesday's Video Clip: Enforcement of Child Support in Ontario

In this legal video, we discuss how the enforcement of child support in Ontario is done through a provincial government office called the Family Responsibility Office (FRO). The court automatically files all support orders made after July 1, 1987 with the FRO. Separation agreements can also be filed there if they have been filed with the court and then mailed to the ...

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Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Divorced Parents

Posted January 3, 2017

Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Divorced Parents

Many people aren’t fans of making New Year’s resolutions, since the artificially-imposed “fresh start” seems arbitrary and contrived. But no matter what time of year, I think it’s never a bad idea to reflect on our behavior, especially when it is likely to affect our children.

(And for separated and divorced parents, this kind of reflection can never be ...

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Family LLB Wins 2016 Clawbie Award

Posted January 2, 2017

Family LLB Wins 2016 Clawbie Award

The 2016 Canadian Law Blog Awards are announced each New Years Eve, and Russell Alexander is pleased to share that Family LLB has been chosen as the recipient of the Clawbie Best Practitioner Award.

What is a Clawbie?
The Canadian Law Blog Awards, a.k.a. the Clawbies, are a project started back in 2006 with the goal of highlighting great blogs published by the Canadian legal ...

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