International child abduction: When custody disputes go beyond Canadian borders

Blog Post
October 12, 2017
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In this era of international travel, important questions arise for families with children. Namely, what do you do if your former spouse travels internationally with your children, and decides to throw away the return tickets? Statistics show that the idea of “stranger danger” has been overstated in the media, and that children are far more likely to be abducted by one of their parents.

Do Time-limited Travel Consents Lay A Foundation For Child Abduction?

Blog Post
September 30, 2016
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In a unanimous decision last week, Balev v Baggott, the Ontario Court of Appeal interpreted legislation on international child abduction and ordered a mother to return her two children to Germany, where the father currently resides.

Parental Abduction: What Is It and What Can I Do?

Blog Post
March 24, 2016
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Parental abduction occurs when one parent takes their child (or children) without the permission of either the other parent or the court. Parents who abduct their own children may move to a different city, a different province, or a different country. Parental abduction is a serious issue, and it can be very difficult for the parent left behind to locate the children and to bring fast and effective legal proceedings in order to secure the return of the children.

Police Enforcement of Custody and Access Orders

Blog Post
May 1, 2014
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The recent case of Patterson v. Powell has given rise to a discussion of how parents can enforce custody and access orders in the event that the other party (or sometimes neither party) is cooperating with the parenting schedule. In my view, lawyers, judges and parents all have a duty to assess the emotional impact on the child when determining what the custody and access rights will be, and to craft these orders in a manner that is intended to minimize their potential harm.