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Three Things Law School Does Not Teach You about Family Law

  • December 02, 2019
  • Olivia Koneval, Mann Lawyers

While I thought I was fully equipped from my law school days to practice family law, there are a number of things that I quickly learned I had no clue about. For me, they were new learning opportunities and challenges; however, these new experiences often made me think, I wish I learned this in my Introduction to Family Law class. Here are the top three things law school did not prepare me for in my practice of family law.

Family Law, Student Forum, Young Lawyers' Division

Oh No. Not again. What have we learned from headlines reporting on spousal homicide following a family break-up?

  • June 24, 2019
  • Steven Benmor

An insightful reminder of the need for family law lawyers to consider their clients' domestic situations in terms of how and when to move a file forward. Steve Benmor shares his experience, including how he has faced these challenges in his own practice, including details gleaned form his training in mediation and domestic violence screening.

Family Law, Student Forum
<em>All Families Are Equal Act</em>: How Did We Get Here?

All Families Are Equal Act: How Did We Get Here?

  • April 25, 2019
  • Lilia Azatian

"The Court should never be influenced by the weather of the day, but inevitably they will be influenced by the climate of the era." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Family Law, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law, Student Forum

Life Insurance as Security for Support Obligations

  • April 22, 2019
  • Michael J. Marra, WEL Partners

This is a timely article that canvases 2017 and 2018 case law for family law lawyers regarding the treatment of spousal and child support obligations on the death of the payor, and the corresponding rights and obligations that must be considered by family law lawyers when drafting Agreements and consent Orders.

Family Law, Student Forum

New Court Fees and One-Key!

  • April 22, 2019
  • Kelly Watson, student-at-law, Law Office of Laura E. Oliver

This document informs family law practitioners of the April 1, 2019 court fees increase for their clients' matters.

Family Law, Student Forum

Regional Senior Justice Daley Address re: Facilities 2018

  • February 11, 2019
  • The Honourable Justice Daley

This is an address by Justice Daley regarding the current state of the Brampton Court facilities, including examples of existing challenges and conditions, and how these may affect the Bench and Bar, and in turn how this is impacting the public.

Family Law, Student Forum

A Love Note to the Offer to Settle

  • February 11, 2019
  • Christine Marchetti, partner, family lawyer, Stanchieri Family Law

This is an article, just in time for Valentine's Day, about Offers to Settle and issues that may arise; in particular when counsel signs the Offer on behalf of a client. This is a valuable piece on proper process and form of the Offer, as well as a reminder to make an Offer and make it early if possible!

Family Law, Student Forum

Mullin v. Sherlock: ONCA Provides Framework for Motions to Strike Based on Non-Disclosure and Encourages Alternative Remedies

  • February 11, 2019
  • Vanessa Lam, research lawyer, The Law Office of Vanessa Lam

This article discusses striking pleadings based on non-disclosure, focusing on the 2018 case Mullin v. Sherlock. This decision, at the time of writing, was infrequently cited on CanLii and Westlaw, which surprised the author, who found that the case provided a general framework for this type of motion, including the court’s direction that a motions judge should be specific on what is being struck, and it provides useful precedents.

Family Law, Student Forum

Capacity, or No Capacity, That is the Question (and the Big Bad Wolf knew it!)

  • February 11, 2019
  • Christine Vanderschoot (article), Marisa Vekios (cases chart)

This is an article about capacity issues and how the practice of family law may be impacted, including the capacity to marry (and reconcile), the capacity to make legal decisions and instruct counsel, and how the issue of capacity may be manipulated by parties seeking to use it as a sword or shield.

Family Law, Student Forum