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|

New Parentage Law in Ontario

On January 2, 2017, a new parentage law will come into effect in Ontario. Known as Bill 28: All Families Are Equal Act, it is an amendment to the province's Children’s Law Reform Act. There are many new exciting changes as a result, including the following: A (sperm or ova) donor is not a parent [...]

2016-12-22T08:23:48+00:00December 22nd, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Embryo Lawyers Up

If you poke at a human embryo, will it say something? Will it at least wriggle uncomfortably? Can it somehow give a lawyer instructions, perhaps through gesture? The answer, as far as science knows, is no. So if an embryo launches a lawsuit to, say, prevent itself from being flushed down the toilet, it's going [...]

2016-12-20T08:39:57+00:00December 20th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Kinder Tinder

British women can now using a mobile phone app to choose a sperm donor to sire their child. Created by London Sperm Bank Donors, it appears to be the first service of its kind in the world. Dubbed "Order-a-Daddy" or "Kinder Tinder" by journalist wags, the app offers various "filters" to narrow down the list [...]

2016-09-30T09:04:31+00:00September 30th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Litigation devastation

“We are both reasonable people. I really think we can work this out without spending 40 to 50 thousand dollars apiece in lawyer fees only to have a judge tell us something we could arrange ourselves. Please, I’m begging you to be reasonable.” You know you're in for a bumpy ride when a judge begins [...]

2016-08-30T22:20:26+00:00August 30th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

GMO People?

“Have I gone mad?” asks the Mad Hatter. "I’m afraid so," replies Alice. "You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.” This odd verbal exchange, from the 2010 Alice in Wonderland movie, raises an interesting question -- if genetic engineering someday allows us to rid humanity of mental illness [...]

2016-07-24T04:35:43+00:00July 24th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

Woman wins permission to remove her dead partner’s testicles

Assisted Reproductive Technology takes on a tragic, but ultimately hopeful, turn in Australia. After a woman's husband-to-be died unexpectedly, she decided to remove his testicles in the hopes of having his child. According to a recent ABC News story, she launched an urgent court action the day after her fiancé's sudden death, filing numerous sworn [...]

2016-06-16T16:05:07+00:00June 16th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|
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