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Court Upholds Mother’s Decision to Deny Access to Stepfather

What happens when a party wants to deny their ex-spouse, a stepparent, access to their child? In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a mother’s request to prevent her ex-spouse, Mr. L, from seeing her daughter. Mother Brings Child into Relationship The parties began to live together around December 2017 and separated in the …

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Stepparents and Access to Children

In today’s world, families are becoming more diverse than ever before. What happens when a stepparent wants access to a child? In a recent case, an Ontario court considered this interesting question when it heard a stepmother’s request for access to a nine-year-old boy. The Parties’ Story The mother and father had one child together. …

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Stepfamilies – Wicked or Wonderful?

Cherished fathers will be celebrated and pampered this coming weekend.  Hugs, cakes, and coupons for lawn-mowing will rule the day on Sunday, June 19th.  But, what about stepfathers?  And, what about stepfamilies (or “blended” families) in general?  In what way are special days like Father’s Day different for them?  Is there a special day just for …

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