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Temporary Parenting (Formerly Custody) Orders: How Long do They Last in Divorce?

Divorce is often a distressing and emotionally taxing experience.  Unfortunately, when children are involved, divorcing parties cannot simply walk away from one another and never look back.  Separating from a co-parent means that you can never truly be disconnected from your former spouse, and you must find a way to move forward with the best …

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Understanding Parental Rights During a Divorce

  If you are a parent and find yourself going through a divorce, we understand that the most challenging thing you’re facing is learning to co-parent your children under your new circumstances.  The complicated and sensitive process of dividing assets and agreeing upon spousal support when settling a divorce can be time-consuming and tumultuous but …

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Preventing Parental Alienation

  Children of divorced or divorcing parties may be exposed to some form of Parental Alienation. One parent (or sometimes a third party in a child’s life) may attempt to undermine an in-tact parent-child relationship and turn a child against the other parent.  The practice is often seen when there are disputes between parents about …

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Successful Co-Parenting With Your Ex

In 2020, roughly 2.71 million people filed for a legal divorce in Canada. The number has been steadily rising since 2000, when 1.88 million people filed for divorce in the country. With the increasing number of divorcees in Canada, more and more children are becoming victims of broken homes. Additionally, co-parenting can also be a …

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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 Recognizes Appropriateness of Self-Isolating at a Cottage During COVID-19

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, some parties have been challenging their parenting arrangements. In this recent case, an Ontario court considered the mother’s request to suspend the father’s access to their child because the father had chosen to self-isolate with his new partner (and her family) at a cottage. The …

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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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Pleased to Announce….

I am pleased and proud to announce that I have been granted certification as a Certified Specialist in Family Mediation by the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.   I am glad to be a member of the FDRIO organization which is working hard to promote excellence and accountability in family mediation. I am trained …

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