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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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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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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When Sole Custody is More Appropriate Than Joint Custody

The court recently considered when it might be appropriate to grant sole custody to one party over the other.   The Parties’ Story The parties were married for three years before they separated in 2010. They had two children, born in 2008 and 2010. In 2012, the parties executed a separation agreement, in which they …

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Failure to Ensure Procedural Fairness in Arbitration is Denial of Natural Justice

An Ontario court recently considered whether or not it should overturn an arbitration award because one of the parties only received notice that mobility was an issue the day before the arbitration commenced.   Background The parties were married in May 2003 and separated in January 2011. They had three children together. In 2013, the …

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When the Court Will Stay an Order Pending Appeal

An Ontario court recently considered an interesting case where one party sought a stay of two orders pending appeal.   The Parties’ Story The parties were the parents of a five-year-old child. They separated when the child was approximately one year old. The child resided primarily with the mother after the parties’ separation, until June …

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Dispensing with Privacy: Court Orders Spouse to Produce Medical Records

An Ontario court recently considered if the father of a young child had a right to privacy or whether he should be compelled to produce the medical records in relation to his alcohol dependency and mental health issues.   What Happened? The parties met in September 2014. They cohabited from October 2016 to January 2017, …

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