Does child support end when a child turns 18?

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November 7, 2019
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Not necessarily. Child support is based on a child’s level of dependency, not just their age. In many cases, a child’s entitlement to support will extend for several years after they reach the age of majority. Who is a “child” for child support purposes? Two pieces of legislation govern child support in Ontario: the Family… Read more »

I have a mental illness. Will this impact my custody or access claim?

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March 22, 2019
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One in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year. Roughly eight percent of adults will have major depression at some point in their lives, and anxiety disorders affect around five percent of the household population.

Welcome, Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain!

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August 20, 2018
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The Family Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce two new members of the team, associate lawyers Ira Marcovitch and Emma Costain.

Bill C-78 – Modernizing Family Law in Canada

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May 25, 2018
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What is Bill C-78 and how does it update divorce law in Canada? Our latest Family Law blog post looks at the introduction of this bill, and what changes it proposes to family law legislation.

Welcome, Jenna Preston!

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December 22, 2017
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The Family Law Practice Group at Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP is pleased to announce new member of the team, associate lawyer Jenna Preston.

Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation: What’s the Difference?

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December 11, 2017
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It is a common misconception that all legal disputes are resolved in the court-room. In fact, only a fraction end up going to litigation; most are resolved through alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration. It all depends on the complexity of the issue and the parties involved. So what is the difference between mediation, arbitration and litigation?

International child abduction: When custody disputes go beyond Canadian borders

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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.