When parents are divorced, who gets to decide if their children attend school in-person or remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic? The case law dealing with school issues during COVID-19 continues to evolve, and the answer to this question depends on whether you have sole custody or joint custody. If one parent was given sole custody…Read More
Two experienced lawyers agree on numbers, disagree on cause of spike in divorces in York Region. by Jeremy Grimaldi Source: YorkRegion.com There have been plenty of predictions throughout the coronavirus pandemic, ranging from a spike in domestic abuse to the collapse of the economy to the potential for a second wave of the virus. Now…Read More
On June 5, 2020, the federal government announced that the pending changes to the Divorce Act will be delayed to March 1, 2021, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes were originally scheduled to come into effect on July 1, 2020, in accordance with Bill C-78. With the government focused on the pandemic, leaders…Read More
Since March 16, 2020, regular court operations in Ontario have been suspended due to COVID-19. In-person and virtual court attendances have generally been limited to urgent matters. Limitation periods and litigation deadlines have been suspended. This suspension has significantly impacted litigants’ ability to take procedural steps before the courts. On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in…Read More
During a divorce, if your date of separation was pre-COVID-19, you may have experienced a sharp decline in the value of your assets post-separation. This applies whether you invest in the stock market, real estate market or if you own your own business. Is it fair that an owner-spouse alone must suffer this market-driven loss,…Read More
During COVID-19, many Ontarians are experiencing job loss but still have child support or spousal support payments to make. Places of work are closed because of COVID-19. People have been laid-off due to a shortage of work in connection with COVID-19. This has an impact on both the support payor and recipient. If there is…Read More
Often upon separation spouses will learn that some financial interdependency will continue to exist between them; but spousal support may continue after you retire. Often upon separation spouses will learn that some financial interdependency will continue to exist between them. What they may not know is when or how this sustained dependency may change or…Read More
There is no simple answer to whether or not you get half of your spouse’s property in divorce. The cute portrayal of a house being physically sawed into two pieces is not always the way it works. Also, a quick uninformed calculation may end up costing you many times more than a careful and skilled…Read More
The way we communicate with people has changed; Text messages, emails, social media messages and posts are commonplace in everyday life – and divorce. Evidence in family law cases has gone from “he said, she said” to electronic communications, preserved in black and white. These written communications can be admitted as evidence in a court…Read More
A spouse has certain spousal support rights but if you are not married, one way to qualify as a spouse is cohabitation “continuously” for at least three years. But what does cohabitation mean? You may be surprised to learn how the courts interpret it… In Ontario, a spouse has certain support rights. If you are…Read More
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