Shared Parenting in the Coronavirus Pandemic

"Right now, families need more cooperation and less litigation." So said Justice Alex Pazaratz of the Ontario Superior Court in his recent ruling Ribeiro v Wright, where he refused to hear a mother's urgent motion to suspend a nine-year-old's access with the father on the basis that, given the coronavirus crisis, "she doesn’t want her [...]

2020-04-08T21:00:59+00:00April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Mental Health in the Coronavirus Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a lot of stress and anxiety, but luckily there are coping strategies that have been proven to work. Many organizations offer online resources, such as the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS), and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), which [...]

2020-03-25T13:02:06+00:00March 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

How NOT to Parent After Divorce

Badmouthing your ex is a bad strategy for all kinds of reasons: very stressful on your children, hurts your chances of settling out of court, and frankly, it hurts with the judges if you end up in court. An extreme, spectacular illustration of this principle may be found in the Alberta parental alienation case B(RM) [...]

2020-03-02T22:56:22+00:00March 2nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

No Forced Parenthood Here

Jessica used her eggs, and Timothy used his sperm, to create embryos. One of them was implanted into Jessica, and a child resulted. The remaining embryos were frozen. Then the couple divorced. They had signed a contract saying that if they divorced, the remaining embryos would be discarded. But Timothy changed his mind and wanted [...]

2019-12-13T15:37:46+00:00December 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Losing My “Religion”

Custody battles might get more complicated, if such a thing is possible, thanks to what the Canadian government wants to do to religion. They don't intend to do anything to religion itself, of course, but section 1(7) of their proposed Bill C-78 amendments to the Divorce Act says the family law notion of "religion" will [...]

2018-12-15T17:37:03+00:00December 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Blowing Up Your Wedding Dress

Blowing up your wedding dress when your divorce is finalized raises several interesting questions. Would Collaborative Law have been a better option? What does it say about the issue of blame? And what does it say about the tailoring of the dress itself? Starting with the last of these, there is no indication whatsoever in [...]

2018-11-30T13:04:45+00:00November 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Dog’s Best Interests After Divorce

What should we do with a dog from a broken home? Under the law, the answer has traditionally been quite simple: dogs and other pets are property, in the same category as silverware and automobiles. A dog's best interests after divorce do not come into play — the only thing that matters is who has [...]

2018-10-16T12:27:46+00:00October 16th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|
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