Co-Mommas: A Historic Declaration of Parentage

February 23, 2017
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What happens when two people who are not in a romantic relationship want to raise a child together? Does the law recognize these kinds of parents? In a Canadian first, our very own Marta Siemiarczuk assisted Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins in asking the court to declare them as co-mothers of Natasha’s son, Elaan.

Don’t Jingle All The Way To The Courthouse!

December 14, 2016
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  The holiday season is supposed to be a happy, peaceful time to spend with friends and family. But for many families, it can be one of the most stressful times of the year. When you are separated, the pressures of making sure your children see grandma, grandpa, cousins, aunts and uncles – and have… Read more »

Bill 28: How Does It Change Ontario’s Parentage Laws?

December 1, 2016
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Earlier this week, the government passed Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act. This legislation will be proclaimed in force on January 1, 2017. It amends the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and 39 other statutes to recognize the multitude of ways that a child can be conceived, and changes the wording in some laws so that gender references are neutral. It acknowledges the diversity of parentage and aims to end discrimination against non-traditional families.

Stepping Through Family Law Procedure

November 17, 2016
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Do you have a hard time keeping track of all the procedural steps in Family Court? The truth is family law procedure (and really, all court procedure) is complicated. As a result, this post is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of all steps in the family court process. It is meant to give readers a cursory outline of the initial steps in the process when two people need the court’s help to determine the terms of their separation, including things like property division and custody issues.

University of Ottawa Event on Surrogacy

November 15, 2016
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Our very own Pam MacEachern and Erin Lepine will be speaking at a University of Ottawa event called ‘Reproductive Labour? Reflections on the Law and Policy of Surrogacy’. The event was organized by the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.

Ghostbusting In the Family Law Group!

November 1, 2016
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There was definitely something strange in our neighbourhood on Monday morning! So who we gonna call? Lucky for us, the entire Family Law team came to work dressed for Halloween as Ghostbusters!

How Do I Know When I’ve Separated From My Spouse?

October 19, 2016
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You may think it should be obvious and people should know when they have separated. However, relationships are complicated, and the timing of when they are formally over can actually be very difficult to pin down. In family law, especially for married spouses who will be equalizing their property, it’s important to have a fixed date, which becomes the date of separation. It has to be one specific day, not the month or year.

Impacts of the Aging Brain – TV Series

October 14, 2016
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Our very own Carol Craig will be featured as a guest on the Rogers TV series ‘Impacts of the Aging Brain’! The series covers a range of topics related to aging and the brain, including Stroke and the Brain, Assessment & Driving, Transforming Treatment, Care & Housing Options and Care-partnering.

The Financial Repercussions of Grey Divorce

October 6, 2016
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According to Statistics Canada, ‘grey divorce’ (divorce among older adults) has been rising steadily for several years. With an aging population, it is likely to continue to do so. Grey divorces are fraught with issues not prevalent when younger couples separate. In fact, divorces can be financially devastating for older adults, who have little to no time to rebuild assets or adjust their retirement planning.