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Co-Parenting After Separation

Topic: Parenting
September 1, 2017 by Jim Jeffcott

As a family law lawyer and mediator and as a child of divorced parents, I have always been sensitive to the issue of co-parenting after a separation.  I recommend the article to which I have provided a link, which provides some practical suggestions and comments in that regard.  Good advice. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/post-divorce-parenting-communication-what-you-say-how-lauren-behrman If you have any questions about this or any other parenting issue arising from separation, you can contact any one of the members of the LMR Family Law Group for information.

Mental Injury: What’s in a Name?

Topic: Blog, Personal Injury
July 26, 2017 by Jennifer Aouad

  Traditionally, the law of torts has grappled with mental injury as a legally compensable damage, specifically with respect to its foreseeability and recognition. For instance, how does one define a mental injury and to what extent is a defendant liable for such an injury, particularly when our society’s understanding of these injuries is in constant evolution? In the last decade, the Supreme Court of Canada has tackled these questions and dispelled some preconceived notions to place both physical and mental injuries on a more equal footing. Generally speaking, to successfully establish a claim for negligence, four elements are required:… Continue Reading >>

Do Marriage and Divorce Affect My Existing Will?

Topic: Blog, Family Law
July 10, 2017 by Jim Jeffcott

Yes, they do. Marriage: In Ontario, if you have a Will prior to marriage, it is automatically revoked upon marriage (the entire Will is cancelled).  To avoid that outcome one can make a Will in contemplation of the marriage. A Will made with the marriage in mind, must contain a statement which makes reference to the upcoming marriage and the name of the spouse.  One can also provide that the will is conditional on the marriage actually taking place  To avoid being treated as if one does not have a Will or having a previous Will treated as one’s Will… Continue Reading >>

Getting Divorced Before Everything is Worked Out

Topic: Blog, Family Law
June 13, 2017 by Carol Cochrane

There are times when a separated spouse may be eager to get a Divorce Order, even if all of the financial issues between the parties are not yet resolved.  I was recently involved in such a case and was successful in securing an Order granting my client his divorce, even though his wife’s claims for spousal support and an equalization payment had yet to be determined. The Family Law Rules indicate that a Court can sever off the claim for a Divorce Order from the other issues, but only if the Court is satisfied of two things: that the other spouse will… Continue Reading >>

Surrogacy Agreements: Important Considerations

Topic: Blog, Family Law
May 18, 2017 by Erika Young

Canadians are increasingly turning to assisted reproductive technology, such as surrogacy, to expand their families. This is because of the increasing availability of the technology, a rise in infertility, and the change in the make-up of families, including having children later in life and an increase in same-sex couples. If you and your partner are considering using a surrogate, or you have been asked to be a surrogate, it is important that you be aware of the significant legal implications and considerations of this unique arrangement. For example, did you know that under Canadian law, you are prohibited from paying… Continue Reading >>