Articles 2023

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Alexys Santos

Institute Series - Serving the Family

  • 24 février 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.

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The Impact of High Conflict Family Law Lawyers on Separating Families

  • 09 juillet 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.

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

  • 09 juillet 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.

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

  • 09 juillet 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.

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The Honourable Justice Stanley B. Sherr

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

  • 15 mai 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.

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New Tort of “Publicly Placing a Person in False Light”

  • 15 avril 2020
  • Andrea Dunsmuir, associate, Wood Gold LLP

This is a tort that is sure to have further application in the family law realm. Andrea clearly outlines how it has been used so far, and why it is relevant to family law lawyers who may be advising their clients on what on-line behaviours are acceptable or punishable in terms of damages awarded.

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Antiquated Technology Holding Ontario's Justice System Back During COVID-19 Crisis

  • 15 avril 2020
  • Laurie H. Pawlitza, senior partner, Torkin Manes LLP

This is an informative article about the strengths, and short-comings of the Ontario Courts' ability to function remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Modern technological updates are required, and the light shed on this need may be one of the few positive results of a post-COVID-19 Court system in Ontario.

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Exposed: What COVID-19 Has Taught Us

  • 15 avril 2020
  • Gary Joseph, managing partner, MacDonald & Partners LLP

Gary's article offers insightful comments on the struggles evinced by the court system during this unprecedented time. He notes that the current court system is "paper intensive and people intensive" which isn't working any longer. In particular, he passes the torch to the younger members of the bar to ensure that complacency is over-ruled in favour of proactive actions by those best placed to know what needs to be done: the lawyers.

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A Focus on Family Violence – Bill C-78

  • 24 février 2020
  • Katherine Batycky, counsel, Stoner & Company Family Law Associates,

Two of the key objectives of the amendments to the Divorce Act in Bill C-78, as outlined in the preamble to the Bill, are to establish a non-exhaustive list of criteria with respect to the best interests of the child and to assist the courts in addressing family violence.

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