Is Parental Alienation a Mental Health Issue?

The concept of parental alienation can, unfortunately, be common in the practice of family law; one that can affect decisions relating to support or even custody in some cases. However, parental alienation may soon also be considered a medical diagnosis, labelled as a disease with long-term repercussions affecting the children of parents who use manipulation …

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Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Divorce “Conscious Uncoupling”

Getting a divorce is a difficult decision for anyone to make, and arguably even more challenging when there are children involved. When actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin announced they were separating after being married for 11 years, she popularized the term “conscious uncoupling” in an effort to put a positive spin on …

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Court Determines That it Lost Jurisdiction in Custody Dispute

Is it possible for a court, which has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, to subsequently lose jurisdiction? In a recent decision, an Ontario court found that, indeed, it could not maintain jurisdiction over the parties’ custody dispute since they had both returned to live in Japan.   The Parties’ Story In 2011, the parties …

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Court Looks At Whether It Has Jurisdiction To Order Reunification Therapy

Issues around custody and access to children can be one of the most stressful aspects of a separation or divorce. These issues can become more contentious when one parent is denied access to a child, or when one parent tries to influence the relationship between the child and the other parent. In a recent decision …

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Does a Child Getting Older Constitute a “Material Change in Circumstances” When Varying Parenting Time?

An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of what constitutes a material change in circumstances when determining a party’s request to vary parenting time.   The Parties’ Story The parties had a child in 2014, but they never cohabited or had a relationship (they had several casual encounters only). The father was not present …

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Considerations For Divorced Parents Planning A Vacation With A Child

There are a number of situations that can prove to be more difficult for divorced or separated parents that may not be obvious to the parties involved until it’s too late for proper planning.  One such example is vacation planning. With March Break around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to …

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Court Orders Mother to Undergo a Capacity Assessment

In some situations, one party in a proceeding may ask the court for an order directing the other party to undergo to a capacity assessment. An Ontario court recently considered this interesting question and explained when it might be appropriate to impinge upon a party’s autonomy and privacy interests by making such an order.   …

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Mother Accuses Employer Of Violating Human Rights In Not Accommodating Daycare Needs

Childcare is an expensive, and it’s something many Canadian families struggle with, both in terms of affordability and availability. What is not often discussed is the challenges faced by parents who are unable to find daycare for their children.  A recent case from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice looked at whether a parent was …

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