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Family Law Issues Over the Holidays: Why Divorces Tend to Go Up After the New Year

In our most recent post in the holiday series blog, we looked at the importance of following COVID-19 rules. This week, we examine some of the reasons why people tend to file for divorce soon after the holiday season, and why we expect the post-holiday divorce rate might surge even higher than usual this year. …

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Family Law Issues Over the Holidays: Preparing Children For Why This Year Might Look Different Than Others

In our first blog in the holiday series, we provided some tips on how people going through separation or divorce can avoid some of the pitfalls associated with careless social media use. In this second post, we provide suggestions to our readers about how they can explain to their children why the holidays might look …

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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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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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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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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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Enforcing Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered the interesting question of what happens when one parent withholds access to a child during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Background The parties were separated. They had one child together, who was two years old. The child had some ongoing health issues, including a neuromuscular disorder with previous …

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COVID-19 and Meeting the “Urgency Test”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, courts have had to consider parties’ requests to hear motions and decide whether a matter meets the “urgency test” (set out below) on a case-by-case basis. In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered whether a mother’s motion met this test in the context of a more recent notice to …

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Court Recognizes Appropriateness of Self-Isolating at a Cottage During COVID-19

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, some parties have been challenging their parenting arrangements. In this recent case, an Ontario court considered the mother’s request to suspend the father’s access to their child because the father had chosen to self-isolate with his new partner (and her family) at a cottage. The …

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