Blogs and Articles on Legal Topics

Parent Found in Contempt of Court for Denying Access
Unfortunately, it is a far all-too common scenario in family law: the parent with whom the child resides denies access or claims that the child does not want to see the other parent.

Spousal Support Recipients are Obligated to Contribute to Their Own Support
Having to pay spousal support can be a difficult pill to swallow; especially if it appears that your spouse is not attempting to support herself or himself. The case of Waye v. Cook, 2015 ONSC 7151 emphasizes that a recipient of spousal support has an obligation to support himself or herself, even if he or she is incapable of earning as much as his or her spouse: The recipient spouse has to try.

A Decision of Interest ­ How to Make Sure You Aren’t Paying Twice
What do a loan shark and an ex-spouse have in common? Chances are, they’re both charging you interest. Bad jokes aside, separated and former spouses in family court often find themselves facing high interest payments to their spouses following the completion of lengthy litigation.

Can an Ontario Court Grant Me Custody of My Child?
Even if you reside in Ontario and your child has lived most of his life in Ontario, an Ontario court may not have the jurisdiction to grant you a custody order with respect to your child if your child does not reside in Ontario at the time a court action is commenced.

The Danger of Placing Assets Solely in a Spouse’s Name
It is common for self-employed individuals to place their assets in their spouse’s name to protect them from creditors. What happens, however, in the event of a separation? Do they belong solely to the spouse who received the assets since the assets are solely in their name? Who retains the assets?

Does Child Support End for Disabled Children?
In Ontario, the laws regarding child support require a parent to pay support until their children turn eighteen, or, until their children withdraw from parental control. But what happens if children cannot attain independence on account of a medical or other disability? Are parents bound to pay support forever?

The Dangers of a Home Made Separation Agreement
While the idea of a home made separation agreement may seem like an appealing way to save on the costs of hiring a lawyer, there are a number of traps that can catch unwary spouses looking to separate quickly and easily. These traps can cost them far more than they ever bargained for.

I am Supporting My Ex­Wife... And Her New Boyfriend
It can take a while to work through the court process to obtain a final order for any relief sought. Parties often bring motions for temporary orders for some relief prior to a final order being granted, but these temporary orders are not binding on the trial judge.

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