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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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