What You Need to Know About Canada’s Changing Approach Towards Child Support Arrears
A recent decision in the case of Michel v. Graydon has resulted in a change to the way all provinces will be addressing child support arrears moving forward. The Supreme Court of Canada published a unanimous eighty-three-page decision on the issue of child support arrears being claimed by Ms. Michel. This case is receiving landmark […]
Back to School with COVID-19
Back to School with COVID-19 On Thursday, July 30th, Premier Doug Ford and the Education Minister released a plan for back-to-school for the fall. Elementary school children will return to school five days per week for a full day. Secondary school students at designated boards, including Ottawa-Carleton and Ottawa Catholic, will attend class on alternate […]
Common Parenting Questions During COVID-19
A few weeks ago, we blogged about the case of Ribeiro v Wright which provides the foundation for parents asking themselves: how does access work during COVID-19? In this blog, we will discuss access questions that have arisen in the Court since that time. Does access stop if one parent is a healthcare worker? At […]
How to Co-Parent in a Pandemic: Advice from the ONSC on Custody, Access and Urgent Motions
Many parents are wondering how to proceed with custody and access arrangements given the current COVID-19 situation. In Ribeiro v Wright the Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently provided guidance to families on this important topic. In this blog, we will review the Court’s comments and discuss how families should approach pandemic parenting. Ribeiro v […]
What Is a Travel Consent and Do I Need One to Travel with My Child after Separation?
Planning a trip is an exciting activity for a family. It does, however, include a number of logistics and can become more complex than just booking a flight and hotel. This is even more so the case for a family after separation. If you are separated or divorced, there are a number of things to […]
The Dos and Don’ts of Access Exchanges
The pick-up and drop-off process can be a difficult time for children. It is important that parents make this as smooth as possible for a child so that the child feels at ease, rather than guilty, hurt, and distressed. Here are some things to keep in mind as you work on access exchanges. What to […]
Ongoing Child Support for Children 18 and Over
Many people believe child support ends when a child turns 18. To many people’s surprise, this is often not the case. Legislation states that child support may be payable for an adult child where that child remains a “child of the marriage.” This is defined by the Divorce Act as (1) a child under age […]
Who Can Get Child Custody?
Custody is the legal right an individual has to make decisions for and regarding their child. These include education, such as which school the child is going to go to; religion and whether the child will be raised in a specific faith; non-medical emergency decisions; and activities, such as what sports your child participates in […]
What is Child Custody?
Child custody is a term that comes up pretty quickly when parents separate. It’s important to understand what child custody is and what types there are before decisions are made. Custody means a parent has the legal right to make major decisions for and regarding their child. These decisions include those about education, non-emergency medical […]