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Defendant Wants Civil Action To Be Heard With Divorce

When couples decide to separate, it’s not uncommon for there to be hard feelings between the parties. There may even be litigation beyond the outcomes directly associated with the separation or divorce, though stemming from the same set of facts. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the courts were asked …

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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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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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