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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
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
Mar 5, 2020
Article

Account for RESPs in any separation agreement, or risk getting taught a lesson in court

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Throughout Canada, a divorced parent’s child support obligation includes the sharing of a child’s special or extraordinary expenses. Those expenses, k...
Feb 19, 2020
Article

Location really is everything when it comes to dividing family property amid bankruptcy

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Resolving the way a separated couple’s property is dealt with can be complicated, but it gets even more complex if one of the spouses declares bankrup...
Feb 14, 2020
Article

B.C. Court of Appeal sends a clear family law message in case of transgender teen

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post In a prior article, I observed that “today’s modern family is a fascinating, complex and changing construct. As the way we form and grow a family evol...
Jan 30, 2020
Article

Trading your share of the house for reduced child support could leave you paying more

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post In family law, agreements reached between separating couples often contain more creative and individualized terms than do court orders. One spouse may...
Jan 9, 2020
Article

‘Catch me if you can’: Husband who failed to disclose Cayman Islands bank account ordered to pay wife $32,000 in costs

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post When a couple separates, financial issues almost inevitably arise. To answer these questions, financial disclosure is essential. But, what happens whe...
Dec 17, 2019
Article

Mother awarded costs after father tries (and fails) to play hardball

Justyna A. Waxman The Lawyer's Daily Mackie v. Crowther 2019 ONSC 6431, a well-reasoned recent decision of Justice Alex Pazaratz, is the most recent of a long line of family court decisio...
Nov 26, 2019
Article

Adam Black on children living at home longer and the effects this is having on some child support decisions

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Following a couple’s separation, there is no greater certainty than a parent’s obligation to support their children. But what happens if, ...
Nov 21, 2019
Article

Disorder in the court: When one spouse ignores rulings, the other often pays the price

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post Family courts seem to have an abundance of litigants who view court orders as “suggestions” only. Orders for support and for the payment o...
Nov 12, 2019
Article

Adam Black on why conflict doesn't always end with a court order for separating couples in his latest column in the National Post

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Parenting issues can be the most arduous and protracted component of the complex matrix of issues that must be resolved when a couple separates. For s...
Oct 23, 2019
Article

How a three-year relationship can lead to 15 years of spousal support payments

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to the National Post The length of time spousal support is payable to a dependent spouse after the relationship has ended remains one of the most vexing issues in family l...
Oct 8, 2019
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Why your seemingly perfect separation agreement may not be written in stone

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post In most cases, separated spouses resolve the issues arising from their separation by way of a written agreement between them. While it is hoped that t...
Sep 24, 2019
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