Adoption and non-spousal relationships: Marta’s groundbreaking case

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September 20, 2018
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Earlier this week, a ground-breaking decision was released that involved our very own Marta Siemiarczuk. Marta assisted two women in a non-romantic relationship to apply to adopt a foster child in their care. She successfully argued that this law is discriminatory and infringed their rights guaranteed under section 15 of the Charter.

Defining (and Redefining) the Meaning of “Spouse”

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February 1, 2018
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The definition of “spouse” is constantly being honed and refined. Over the last twelve months, the Ontario legislature has been attempting to update the definition of “spouse”, in order to make it as inclusive as possible.

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

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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.

My Spouse the Narcissist: Five Tips for Dealing with Ex-Partners with Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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October 29, 2015
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Separating is never easy. Separating from a spouse with a personality disorder even less so. As lawyers, some of the most difficult separations we see are those where one spouse suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. What can you do to make sure that you don’t get dragged down into a world of conflict when separating from a person who has narcissistic personality disorder? These five tips may help you.

Watch our New Family Law Videos

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September 18, 2014
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Get out your popcorn and watch four new Family Law videos by our lawyers on topics that may be of interest to you, such as child support, pensions and surrogacy agreements.

Police Enforcement of Custody and Access Orders

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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.