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How to Talk to Your Children About Divorce

Each year, thousands of children are told their parents are going to divorce. Of course, no one goes into a marriage thinking that it will end, and no one willingly has children just to put them through a divorce. That said, sometimes it is unavoidable. While it often comes with devastation and heartbreak, divorce can …

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Co-Parenting Arrangements During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all individuals, families, and businesses. Whether you’ve lost a loved one or lost your job, this virus has impacted different aspects of people’s lives on a massive scale.  One of the key impacts COVID-19 has had has been on families structured to have co-parenting duties shared between parents.  As you …

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Is Social Media Safe for Your Kids?

Are you struggling to find balance between providing your kids with the best and latest things in life while trying to save your children from being swallowed by the trends and demands of social media and peer pressure? Well, you’re not alone. With each new child suicide case caused by cyberbullying or every new case …

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Children and Schooling during COVID-19: In-Person versus Online Learning?

We have recently blogged about a number of cases where the courts were tasked with making decisions about children’s schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the time of year, there has been a myriad of these types of cases appearing before the courts. In yet another recent case, an Ontario court considered a father and …

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Virtual Access During COVID-19

If the COVID-19 pandemic hit at a different time, parents would not have the option of exercising access virtually. Thankfully, modern technology provides parents with a myriad of ways of interacting with their children, even when apart. In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a mother’s motion for the continuation of FaceTime access between …

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How Does the Court Determine a Child’s “Habitual Residence”?

In a recent Ontario case, the court considered the interesting question of how to determine a child’s “habitual residence” for the purpose of an application under the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Hague Convention). The Background The parties began dating in May 2017, started living together in June 2017, and …

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Contempt of Court for Breaching Access Orders

In a recent case, an Ontario court heard a father’s motions to find the mother in contempt of court for failing to facilitate access in accordance with court orders. In considering the motions, the court had to consider the interesting question of when, and in what circumstances, it would be appropriate to find a party …

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Access by a Non-Parent

Sometimes a party will seek access to a child even when that party is not the child’s biological parent. In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a man’s request for access to a child that he had not seen for over a year. Interestingly, that child was also not the man’s biological son. The …

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What’s In A (Attempt To Change A) Name?

It’s natural for divorced or separated parents to disagree over how certain elements of raising their children are handled. Some issues may seem small in nature, but others can be larger and come with long-lasting impacts. In an example of the later, an Ontario mother recently wanted to change the name of the children she …

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