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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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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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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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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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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 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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Bill and Melinda not the only high-net-worth couple whose divorce playbook is ahead of the curve

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post The news of Bill and Melinda Gates’ recent separation after 27 years of marriage has caused a media frenzy and a mix of awe and envy in family law cir...
May 14, 2021
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Updated Divorce Act emphasizes parental responsibilities over rights to children

Laurie H. Pawlitza Special to Financial Post Six weeks ago, the first significant changes in years were made to the Divorce Act, the federal legislation that deals with parenting, child and spous...
Apr 14, 2021
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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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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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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
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
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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)

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)

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)

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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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
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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
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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
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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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