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Court Recognizes New Tort Following Husband’s Behaviour

As technology evolves, so too do the laws governing its use and the consequences thereof. A recent family decision from Ontario has expanded the province’s tort law to include “publicity which places the plaintiff in a false light in the public eye.” The decision could have a significant impact on the consequences of certain online …

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Supreme Court Weighs In On International Divorce

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently ruled on a case involving two parents who each began divorce proceedings, with the complication being that they each brought the actions in different countries. The ruling, which applies to all Canadian jurisdictions, sheds interesting insight into how issues involving multiple international jurisdictions. A wealthy and mobile family …

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Court Determines Whether Syrian Divorce Is Recognized In Canada

In many instances, if a couple gets divorced in one country, that divorce is likely to apply in other countries they may live in. But it’s not always so cut and dry. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court had to determine whether an old divorce obtained by a …

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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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Amazon Founder’s Divorce Makes Headlines

High profile divorces make for great headline fodder, but when one of the wealthiest couples in the world announce they are divorcing, discussions around the couple can really heat up. Last week, Jeff Bezos, the founder of retail giant Amazon, announced he and his wife MacKenzie were divorcing after 25 years of marriage. The couple …

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An Annulment vs. a Divorce: Which One is Appropriate?

An Ontario court recently considered the interesting question of when it may grant a party’s application to annul their marriage (instead of getting a divorce).   The Parties’ Story The parties got married on August 16, 2016. They separated on January 10, 2017. On March 9, 2018, the wife commenced an application, seeking an annulment …

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Court Asked To Determine If A Divorce Overseas Is Valid, If It Occurred At All

Canada recognized marriages and divorces in the performed in other parts of the world. However, determining whether a couple has been properly married, or in the case we are about to discuss, properly divorced, is not always an easy task. In a recent case before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the court was tasked …

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Ontario Court Considers When Imprisonment is Appropriate for Non-Payment of Support Arrears

A recent Ontario decision examined both default hearings as well as how and when a jail committal order is appropriate to enforce spousal support and child support arrears. A History of the Parties The parties divorced in 2008, after approximately 21 years of marriage. They had two children (adults at the time of the hearing …

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Why I Mediate

People often ask me why I believe in mediation. Why I mediate. I believe in mediation because, in many cases, it is a superior process to litigation and results in better outcomes for individuals and families. Self-Determination Couples going through a separation often feel powerless. Circumstances in their personal lives have gotten to the point …

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