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Terminating Spousal Support

What constitutes a “material change in circumstances” when it comes to a party’s request to terminate spousal support? In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered this very question and was asked to determine whether the trial judge erred in terminating spousal support. The Husband’s Decision to Retire The parties were married for …

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Who Is In The Best Position To Decide If Schools Are Safe?

We wrote last week about the return to school and the annual spike in trials related to moving a child from one school to another. Of course, COVID-19 has only added to the number of issues that parents must sort through as disagreements can arise about whether it’s safe to send a child to attend …

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The Children’s Best Interests: Changing Residences and Schools During COVID-19

As the court in a recent case stated, the pre-Labour-Day “Let’s Change Johnny’s School” urgent motion has become somewhat of an unwanted annual tradition. In this instance, the father brought a motion to change both the country where the children were going to live and where the children were going to go to school. The …

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Child’s Extended Visit With Father Alarms Mother

Issues around child custody and access can be some of the most difficult to work through for parents going through a separation or divorce. When a relationship between parents that isn’t necessarily trustworthy or contains animosity is thrown into the mix, it’s natural for tension and issues to arise. This is what we saw in …

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Court Varies Parenting Order in the Face of COVID-19

Many parties have struggled with pre-existing parenting arrangements during COVID-19. As demonstrated in this case that was recently before an Ontario court, the pandemic has brought with it a lot of uncertainty and has turned many people’s plans on their head. The Original Parenting Order The parties were married in July 2008 and divorced in …

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Parents Disagree ON Whether It Is Safe To Return To School

The upcoming return of the school year has many families concerned about whether their children will be safe at school as well as whether another shutdown to the academic year could occur should there be another rise in COVID-19. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, two parents could not agree …

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Court Upholds Mother’s Decision to Deny Access to Stepfather

What happens when a party wants to deny their ex-spouse, a stepparent, access to their child? In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a mother’s request to prevent her ex-spouse, Mr. L, from seeing her daughter. Mother Brings Child into Relationship The parties began to live together around December 2017 and separated in the …

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The Difficulty Of Unscrambling An Egg

When separated or divorced parents live in different countries, it can be difficult to manage things such as child custody & access. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court warned the father, who lives overseas, that his unilateral actions, while he had custody of the children, will make it …

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Court Permits Mother to Relocate with Children

In a recent case, an Ontario court considered if it should permit the children to relocate with their mother to another school district. Father Opposed Mother Moving Children to New School District The parties were married in September 2000 and separated in April 2018. They had three children, born in 2002, 2005 and 2009. In …

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How Courts Handle The Return Of Children When Hague Convention Does Not Apply

We’ve blogged in the past about the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”). The Hague Convention is an agreement amongst a number of countries to deal with how a child’s abduction from one country to another participating country is handled. But what about when one of the countries involved is not …

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