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Why courts can allow children to make up their own minds about getting vaccinated

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post Whether a child should be vaccinated for COVID-19 is the latest conflict between separated parents now being determined by the courts.
Oct 13, 2021
Article

Supreme Court doesn't let father who left country off the hook for $170,000 in child support

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post Last September, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed a parent’s ability to make a retroactive claim for child support. Focusing on the child’s best i...
Jun 21, 2021
Article

Bill and Melinda not the only high-net-worth couple whose divorce playbook is ahead of the curve

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post The news of Bill and Melinda Gates’ recent separation after 27 years of marriage has caused a media frenzy and a mix of awe and envy in family law cir...
May 14, 2021
Presentation

Lawyer as Negotiator

Adam Keeping Instructor / Negotiation Coach, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2016 to present) Adam is an instructor/negotiation coach for the “Lawyer as Negotiator” course at Osgoode Hall Law School. He has participated in this...
May 4, 2021
Presentation

Law Practice Program

Adam Keeping Advisor & Assessor, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON (2020 to present)  
May 4, 2021
Article

Updated Divorce Act emphasizes parental responsibilities over rights to children

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post Six weeks ago, the first significant changes in years were made to the Divorce Act, the federal legislation that deals with parenting, child and spous...
Apr 14, 2021
Article

Catch me if you can: Case shows 'fake evidence' and witness coaching among perils of digital-age trials

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post Owing to the changing landscape of technology, the evidentiary records over which judges must pore today are full of countless forms of electronic evi...
Mar 5, 2021
Article

Why the court is blocking an Alberta man's request for a quick divorce so he can remarry

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post The Divorce Act allows a divorce to proceed once certain criteria have been met, one of which is that the couple must have been separated for at least...
Jan 13, 2021
Article

Dispute over dead husband's sperm shows need to plan ahead as reproductive technology advances

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post On occasion, an ethical dilemma makes its way into the family courtroom and emotions inevitably run high for all involved. That is what happened in a ...
Dec 2, 2020
Article

Why family separations can get messy when the major asset is a corporation

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to National Post It is trite to say that in law, a corporation has its own rights and liabilities, and that the assets of the shareholder are not the assets of the cor...
Nov 27, 2020
Article

Risk Management in Canadian Education: Courts weighing in on back-to-school disputes between separated parents

Adam N. Black Risk Management in Canadian Education Disputes between separated parents over whether or not to send their children back to school in person as the COVID-19 pandemic persists have been at ...
Nov 17, 2020
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Father still on the hook for unpaid support, even though child now an adult, top court rules

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post In its first family law decision of the year, the Supreme Court of Canada recently dealt with the issue of retroactive child support. Given the relati...
Oct 29, 2020
Oct 28, 2020
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Pandemic has forced Ontario courts to embrace the future, but questions over technology use remain

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to National Post The pandemic has created chaos across the globe in almost every industry and profession. But one silver lining in Canada has been that, despite the tu...
Sep 10, 2020
Article

Courts weighing in on back-to-school disputes between separated parents

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post Disputes between separated parents over whether or not to send their children back to school in person as the COVID-19 pandemic persists have been at ...
Aug 27, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How much is 'unconscionable'? Why a 2009 decision is suddenly relevant again in high-stakes Ontario separation cases

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The financial fallout from COVID-19 is being felt far and wide, but for some Ontario couples who separated before the pandemic hit, the consequences c...
Aug 17, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How the closed Canada-U.S. border affects binational families

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post The COVID-19 curve continues to flatten in Canada, while the rate of infection is soaring in the United States. Over the past week, Canadians have see...
Jul 13, 2020
Article

No surge in domestic violence cases during COVID-19 lockdown — but it’s happening

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The Ontario trial courts (the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice) in March 2020 closed their doors to all but the most urgent ...
Jun 2, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know about getting support payments varied during the pandemic

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post A global recession, soaring unemployment rates and an uncertain timeline for recovery are among the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. In...
May 26, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Judge cuts bus driver's parenting time — and orders it take place outside — due to COVID-19 risks

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Over the last two months, several urgent family law matters have proceeded before courts across Canada notwithstanding the significant suspension of c...
May 13, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Here's why your Zoom wedding might not stand up in court

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Spring is wedding season — or at least it was, before the pandemic hit. Couples who have had venues booked and plans in place for many months have be...
Apr 30, 2020
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