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New Tort of Family Violence

Family violence has not historically been recognized as a civil tort, but recently in the matter of Ahluwalia v. Ahluwalia, 2022 ONSC 1303 [Ahluwalia], Justice Mandhane of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice awarded damages in the amount of $150,000 to Ms. Ahluwalia (the “Wife”) to be paid by Mr. Ahluwalia (the “Husband”). In the …

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Common Terms in Family Law

Many of the words utilized in family law practice are foreign to someone who’s just starting the divorce process. Here are a few popular Family law terms and definitions for those who feel they might need a refresher. NOTE: As of March 1, 2021, certain terms in the Divorce Act have been removed or amended. …

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An Overview on Family Law Court Orders

Family is the basis for society, but sometimes things can get very tough within families too. This is why the family law courts are there. They are the final arbiter when things get too complicated for families to manage. Specific rulings made by judges are called court orders, and these set out what particular parties …

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Changes To Divorce Act Come Into Force

Previously announced changes to the Divorce Act have recently come into effect which will impact married parties across Canada (common-law and relationships outside of marriage are governed provincially and territorially). The changes, which were given Royal Assent back in the summer of 2019 are in force as of March 1, 2021. The changes to the …

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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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Update on proposed Divorce Act Amendments

On May 22, 2018, the federal Minister of Justice introduced Bill C-78, a Bill that proposes to amend, among other legislation, the Divorce Act; Canada’s federal family law statute governing divorce, separation and parenting. The amendments are designed to respond to the public (and the legal profession’s) desire for the law to better reflect the …

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