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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
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)

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)

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
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

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

‘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

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

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

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
Article

Why you should plan for a breakup before your marriage breaks down

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Planning for the breakdown of a marriage while the relationship is intact can be difficult and emotionally charged. However, the failure to plan for t...
Aug 27, 2019
Article

Consent can’t be ‘frozen in time’ even if embryos can be, appeals court finds

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Today’s modern family is a fascinating, complex and changing construct. As the way we form and grow a family evolves, the law must recognize and...
Jul 31, 2019
Article

If you win the lottery, your ex might hit the jackpot, too

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post For many family law lawyers, a cocktail party can become a hotbed for questions rooted in “what if” and “I’m asking for a frie...
Jul 4, 2019
Article

Father finds out the hard way that bad faith can cost you big time in court

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post In this case, bad faith resulted in a father not only losing custody of his daughter, but having to pay the mother $420,000.
Jun 4, 2019
Article

If you rack up debt after separation, don't expect your former spouse to pay for it

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Sharing the assets and liabilities a couple acquired during a marriage is a standard part of any separation. But in some jurisdictions in Canada, chan...
May 8, 2019
Article

Your ex gets a raise after you divorce? You might be in line for tens of thousands more

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post One of the most controversial, difficult and most-litigated issues in family law across Canada is the extent to which a payer of spousal support will ...
Apr 11, 2019
Article

For unmarried couples, splitting the house on separation is no sure thing

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Equalization of net family property does not apply to unmarried spouses in Ontario.
Mar 12, 2019
Article

Changes in property ownership can have unexpected and wide-ranging consequences in family law

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post B.C. couple spends years in court in dispute over late mother-in-law’s house.
Feb 13, 2019
Article

The irony of representing yourself in family law litigation: It can cost you more than hiring a lawyer

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post A wife’s decision to represent herself caused the husband to incur huge legal fees over 17 years. She was ordered to pay him $150,000.
Jan 16, 2019
Article

She paid the insurance premiums for 13 years, but his new spouse got the payout — until the court intervened

Adam N. Black Special to the National Post Full $250,000 paid to first wife in ruling guided by principle of unjust enrichment.
Dec 11, 2018
Article

Modern Families: Understanding Polyamorous Relationships and their Judicial Recognition

Adam N. Black STEP Journal, November 2018, Volume 26, Issue 9 As the traditional family model becomes a thing of the past, courts will need to keep pace with change
Nov 30, 2018
Presentation

Cross-Cultural Challenges and Opportunities in Family Dispute Resolution

Adam N. Black FDRIO 2018 Conference: Panelist “Through the Lens of Change”    
Nov 22, 2018
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