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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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Court Determines That it Lost Jurisdiction in Custody Dispute

Is it possible for a court, which has jurisdiction to deal with a matter, to subsequently lose jurisdiction? In a recent decision, an Ontario court found that, indeed, it could not maintain jurisdiction over the parties’ custody dispute since they had both returned to live in Japan.   The Parties’ Story In 2011, the parties …

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A Question of Jurisdiction: When Ontario Courts Can Decide Custody and Access Matters

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently decided a case where the mother, who had unilaterally taken the parties’ children from Nigeria to Ontario, sought custody of the children. In allowing the mother’s appeal from a decision that dismissed her original application, the court outlined the various factors it had to consider in deciding whether the …

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