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Why a stepfather was granted parenting time — and court costs — despite biological mother’s objection

Adam N. Black Financial Post Today’s modern family takes its shape in many ways. And a whole new set of family law questions emerge when single parents form new relationships, bec...
Nov 9, 2022
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Impending Ban on Purchases of Residential Real Estate by Non-Canadians: What Home Buyers, Builders and Brokers need to know

Aaron English, Seth Zuk and Anthony D'Angelo The Prohibition on the Purchase of Residential Property by Non-Canadians Act will come into force on January 1, 2023, as one of several measures enact...
Nov 9, 2022
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Evolution of the family – The Importance of Biological Ties

Laurie H. Pawlitza Commonwealth Lawyers Association In Canada, as the make up of families change, the resolution of parenting issues becomes more complex. The laws in each province and the federal laws ...
Oct 31, 2022
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Reunited might not feel so good if you signed a prior separation agreement

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post Elizabeth Taylor, Elon Musk and Frida Kahlo all have something in common: they married the same person twice. Only Kahlo stayed together with Diego Ri...
Oct 6, 2022
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Judge appoints receiver to get to the bottom of husband's assets in divorce case

Adam N. Black Financial Post Judicial intolerance for spouses who provide incomplete financial disclosure in divorce cases appears to be on the rise, amid an increasing backlog of...
Sep 20, 2022
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In family law, biology no longer the ‘tiebreaker’ when a child’s best interest is at stake

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post As the make up of families changes, the resolution of parenting issues becomes more complex. The laws in each province and the federal laws set out a ...
Aug 11, 2022
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Think your marriage contract is a sweetheart deal? Case shows courts may not be so sure

Adam N. Black Financial Post Marriage contracts can be an effective tool for a couple wishing to create certainty in the event of their future separation. But failing to take care...
Jul 28, 2022
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Admission of New Evidence on Appeal: The SCC’s Decision in Barendregt v. Grebliunas

Justyna A. Waxman Ontario Bar Association On May 20, 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited reasons in Barendregt v. Grebliunas, a landmark decision which considered when ...
Jun 10, 2022
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If you think child support doesn't apply to stepchildren, think again

Adam N. Black Financial Post Monthly child support payments from one parent to the other are one of the most common outcomes of a separation. As time goes by, separated parents of...
Jun 8, 2022
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Family law faces double-dipping dilemma when it comes to stock options, other deferred compensation

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post The Child Support Guidelines and the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines have helped harmonize the awards of child support and spousal support across ...
May 16, 2022
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Lying low may not be the best course of action when it comes to temporary spousal support claims

Laurie H. Pawlitza Financial Post Spousal support is one of the most discretionary areas of family law. The issue can become even more complex when a spouse claims retroactive support ...
Apr 13, 2022
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Judge awards damages for 'family violence' in landmark case

Adam N. Black Financial Post In a ground-breaking decision, an Ontario court recently ordered a husband to pay his former wife damages of $150,000 on account of the physical and p...
Mar 16, 2022
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Father awarded more than $675,000 in costs after epic five-year fight over kids

Adam N. Black Financial Post After five years of litigation, culminating in a 39-day trial and an award of costs in excess of $675,000, a father was finally able to restore his re...
Feb 25, 2022
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Suing your ex's family for conspiracy no longer out of bounds if they help in the evasion of child support

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post After separation, it’s common for extended families to get involved in a couple’s divorce. Most of the time, the family of a separated spouse will pro...
Feb 8, 2022
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Omicron trumps court order for separated parents in Christmas travel dispute

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post Issues related to the Omicron variant are already making their way into Canada’s family courts, where a judge last week blocked a separated father fro...
Dec 22, 2021
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The pandemic has complicated child support payments by the self-employed

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post The pandemic’s economic effect on Canadians has caused a significant decline in income in many industries with one result being that courts are more c...
Nov 23, 2021
Nov 15, 2021
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Why failure to disclose financial information is 'the cancer' of family law

Adam N. Black Special to Financial Post For separated spouses, the exchange of full and frank financial information is a fundamental underpinning to the resolution of financial issues arisin...
Oct 27, 2021
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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
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