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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Settling family law cases: Lawyer beware

Lorne H. Wolfson The Lawyer’s Daily While court operations are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, many separated or separating spouses will rely more than ever on the advice of fami...
Apr 20, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Can I get divorced during the COVID-19 pandemic and more burning family law questions

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The COVID-19 pandemic has forced couples and families into close quarters, disrupting routines and, in the case of some separated spouses, custody arr...
Apr 16, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The coming family law tsunami

Lorne H. Wolfson The Lawyer's Daily Those of us who were practising family law in 1982 will recognize this moment — the moment of quiet before the tsunami hits. The phones have stopped r...
Apr 13, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Hardship due to COVID-19 may be cause to have spousal support payments reduced

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post The impact of COVID-19 is unquestionably far-reaching. For many individuals, the financial implications are particularly acute. Nearly one million Can...
Apr 8, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Judge bars Ontario father from matrimonial home for failing to take COVID-19 risk seriously

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post An Ontario man has effectively been barred from his matrimonial home after a family law judge found that he was not taking the risks that COVID-19 pos...
Apr 7, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Post-Separation Parenting in the Wake of COVID-19

Justyna A. Waxman To say that the outbreak of COVID-19 has created confusion and uncertainty for many family law clients, many of whom were already struggling with the ...
Apr 3, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Family Law Financial Implications of COVID-19

Adam N. Black The impact of COVID-19 is unquestionably far-reaching. For many individuals, the financial implications are particularly acute. Nearly one million Can...
Mar 30, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Antiquated technology holding Ontario's justice system back during COVID-19 crisis

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The unprecedented directive to minimize social contact in an effort to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic is having a significant effect on the Ont...
Mar 30, 2020
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