Courts Looks At Whether Finding Of Contempt Was Appropriate

Following a divorce or separation, parents may find themselves with a new set of responsibilities and obligations. Many times these are established through a court order, which sets out, amongst other things, parenting schedules. It goes without saying that most divorced couples don’t see eye-to-eye on some things, and these disagreements can continue to be …

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Court Finds Mother in Contempt

Court orders cannot be ignored or disobeyed, and complying with a court order is not optional. In a recent case, an Ontario court considered whether or not the mother of a young child was in contempt for refusing to grant access to the child’s paternal grandmother in accordance with a previous order. What Happened? The …

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Does Withdrawing RRSPs Count As A Depletion Of Assets?

While it’s unfortunate, it is not uncommon to see a spouse with child or spousal support obligations attempt to reduce their income or assets in order to lower the amount of support they have to pay per month. To preemptively address this, courts can include orders that a support-paying spouse to not deplete their assets. …

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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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Ignoring Payment Of Costs Can Be An Expensive Mistake

Complying with a court order is a serious responsibility. We’ve blogged in the past about the importance of it, and the consequences that can arise when court orders are not followed or outright ignored. Whether a party is made to pay child support, spousal support, or to follow any other orders, such as to avoid …

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Email Communications After Divorce: Be Careful What You Send

Electronic communications, whether via email, text, or social media, have become a regular part of life for most people. However, most people do not take the time to reflect on what impact their online and electronic activities may have on significant parts of their life, including potential family law disputes. A decision by an Ontario …

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