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|

Workplace Fertility Benefits

Fertility benefits have become a way for companies to recruit and retain talent, especially female and LGBTQ employees. A recent BBC story talks about the San Francisco "internet of things" firm Samsara and their decision to offer such benefits, including help with paying for surrogacy. The idea was suggested by a group of female employees [...]

2019-11-28T14:14:04+00:00November 28th, 2019|Fertility Law, Financial|

New Surrogacy Regulations

On June 26, 2019 Health Canada released a draft Guidance Document with long-awaited regulations on what expenses a surrogate may be reimbursed for. Scheduled to come into force June 9, 2020, they will be likely be welcome news for those practising in the fertility area. The list of eligible expenses is not exhaustive — the [...]

2019-08-27T15:55:14+00:00July 16th, 2019|Blog, Fertility Law|
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