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The Importance Of Following COVID-19 Rules

We’ve been spending the holidays blogging about importance considerations for parents during the holiday season. Last week we blogged about preparing children for why this year might look different than others. In our first entry of the series, we discussed how parents can avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with social media. This week, …

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Child Support and Claims for Undue Hardship

What happens when one party seeks to impute income to the other party for the purposes of calculating child support? In a recent decision, the court considered that very question when a mother brought a motion for a temporary order for sole custody and child support. The Mother Leaves The parties met in or around …

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Terminating Spousal Support

What constitutes a “material change in circumstances” when it comes to a party’s request to terminate spousal support? In a recent case, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered this very question and was asked to determine whether the trial judge erred in terminating spousal support. The Husband’s Decision to Retire The parties were married for …

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Who Is In The Best Position To Decide If Schools Are Safe?

We wrote last week about the return to school and the annual spike in trials related to moving a child from one school to another. Of course, COVID-19 has only added to the number of issues that parents must sort through as disagreements can arise about whether it’s safe to send a child to attend …

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The Children’s Best Interests: Changing Residences and Schools During COVID-19

As the court in a recent case stated, the pre-Labour-Day “Let’s Change Johnny’s School” urgent motion has become somewhat of an unwanted annual tradition. In this instance, the father brought a motion to change both the country where the children were going to live and where the children were going to go to school. The …

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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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Parents Disagree ON Whether It Is Safe To Return To School

The upcoming return of the school year has many families concerned about whether their children will be safe at school as well as whether another shutdown to the academic year could occur should there be another rise in COVID-19. In a recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, two parents could not agree …

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Virtual Access During COVID-19

If the COVID-19 pandemic hit at a different time, parents would not have the option of exercising access virtually. Thankfully, modern technology provides parents with a myriad of ways of interacting with their children, even when apart. In a recent case, an Ontario court considered a mother’s motion for the continuation of FaceTime access between …

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Enforcing Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a recent decision, an Ontario court considered the interesting question of what happens when one parent withholds access to a child during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Background The parties were separated. They had one child together, who was two years old. The child had some ongoing health issues, including a neuromuscular disorder with previous …

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