Articles 2021

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Christine Vanderschoot,

Exceptional Women of the Bench and Bar

  • September 15, 2021
  • Christine Vanderschoot, principal, Vanderschoot Family Law

The “Exceptional Women of the Bench and Bar” webinar held on September 9, 2021 offered key insights from and networking and mentoring opportunities with leaders of the bench and bar. Christine Vanderschoot highlights some of the advice given to young lawyers, how the career paths of senior lawyers/judges changed over time, and tips for fostering sponsorship or mentoring relationships.

Family Law, Student Forum

OBA Joins Global Efforts to Address Mediator and Arbitrator Diversity – Share Your Views Via Online Survey

  • April 15, 2021

The Ontario Bar Association’s Neutral Diversity Committee has crafted a survey to collect information about OBA member experiences and views in relation to mediator and arbitrator diversity. OBA members engaged in litigation, mediation and arbitration are invited to share their views.

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Alexys Santos

Institute Series - Serving the Family

  • February 24, 2021
  • Alexys Santos, student-at-law, Dwyer Law Office

Law student, Alexys, provides her insight into the experience of attending the February 4, 2021 OBA Institute session on Professionalism and Ethics Challenges.

Family Law, Student Forum

The Impact of High Conflict Family Law Lawyers on Separating Families

  • July 09, 2020
  • Steve Benmor

This article starts with an historical tour of how family law used to be practiced, and how it has changed since the introduction of the Family Law Rules. For some, ahem, older counsel, this will be a trip down memory lane, but for many Steve’s portrait will be completely foreign. Imagine practicing family law without the Rules! This article reminds us all that, despite the Rules now in place, counsel must constantly be aware of their own actions and how they may affect a family law case.

Family Law, Student Forum

Access to Justice Challenges: COVID-19 and Support Obligations (Part 2 of 2)

  • July 09, 2020
  • Vanessa Lam

Part 2 of Vanessa Lam's two-part series delves into how the courts have actually been dealing with applications to change support during the pandemic. Vanessa’s work includes information on how the government has acted during this time of uncertainty where reduced incomes in one household may be relied upon by another household to provide support at the same or similar pre-pandemic levels.

Family Law, Student Forum

A Huge Problem Without a Clear Answer: COVID-19 and Support Obligations (Part 1 of 2)

  • July 09, 2020
  • Vanessa Lam

While we know that COVID-19 has had an impact on family law cases, Vanessa Lam’s two part series gives an in-depth analysis of how support obligations may have been affected by the pandemic. Part 1 offers a refresher on some of the principles underlying support, including the test a litigant must meet if s/he seeks to change a support obligation.

Family Law, Student Forum
The Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr

Q&A with the Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr, OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law Recipient

  • May 15, 2020

The Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr, Ontario Court of Justice, is being honoured this year with the OBA Award for Excellence in Family Law in Memory of James G. McLeod for his outstanding leadership and contribution to the advancement of family law. Gain a glimpse of what motivates him and how he is making a difference in the administration of justice in this candid Q&A.

Family Law, Student Forum