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Editor: Crystal Heidari and Shelley Quinn

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Do Biological Ties Matter Anymore in Today’s Modern Family?

  • December 01, 2022
  • Alison Boyce

For many years, the court’s default position has been that it is in the best interests of the child to remain with their biological parents. However, more and more cases are being released which question this assumption. The Canadian family has become more complex and quite diverse over the past few years, and the courts are beginning to recognize that the nuclear family is no longer the only option.

Family Law, Student Forum
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Justice Sherr's Acceptance Speech for the Award for Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James G. McLeod

  • December 01, 2022
  • The Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr

Innovations from the family law community, hurdles overcome during the pandemic, and what remains to be accomplished – the Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr’s speech says it all. His Honour was presented with the 2020 Award for Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James McLeod at the 2022 OBA Family Law Section dinner, and his speech inspires us all to be better to ourselves, be better to others, and to take times of adversity and turn them into opportunities to improve the family law system.

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You are Enough

  • November 29, 2022
  • Neha Chugh

Neha Chugh is a lawyer based in Cornwall, Ontario who has spent most of her career advocating for social and legal change. She has a community-focussed legal aid practice that gives a voice to the most vulnerable populations. In Neha’s own words: “Remember how valued you are by your community and how much positive change you can effect through your service. I leave my Catzman Award acceptance speech with you as encouragement for the good days, the hard days, the easy days, the challenging days.”

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Rise of Voice of Child Reports

  • March 31, 2022
  • Ruchira Kulkarni

What's been happening with Voice of the Child Reports? Ruchira Kulkarni updates us on how the courts have been treating VOCRs.

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A New Tort of Family Violence: Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia

  • March 18, 2022
  • Emma Katz

Emma Katz reviews the newest member of the tort law family, the tort of family violence. This tort was recently recognized by Mandhane J. and is expected to provide new and potentially significant relief in cases of family violence.

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Relocation Under the Amended Divorce Act

Relocation Under the Amended Divorce Act

  • February 14, 2022
  • Katherine L. Shadbolt

This article explores some of the new relocation provisions under the Divorce Act, including the various burdens of proof, and how a few recent Ontario cases have applied the new relocation framework.

Child and Youth Law, Family Law, Student Forum

Program Recap: COVID and the Family Court

  • February 14, 2022
  • Jean-Frédéric (J-F) Hübsch

This article reviews a recent Webinar regarding Family Court decisions related to the pandemic, including vaccination and remote learning, that will interest members of the Education Law, Family Law and Child and Youth Law sections.

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