Separation Agreements through Mediation: Frequently asked Questions

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July 23, 2021
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Since at least 1983, Ontario family courts have encouraged and upheld out-of-court processes wherever possible. Finally, in 2021, the federal Divorce Act and the Ontario Children’s Law Reform Act were amended to encourage separating couples to try alternative dispute resolution before they start a court action. Mediation is one of the dispute-resolution techniques that they… Read more »

Common Law Pension Entitlement

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July 6, 2021
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Read as Family Lawyer Ira Marcovitch breaks down the question of pension entitlement in a common-law relationship: I was in a common-law relationship for 13 years. We have 2 children together. He is taking out his $100,000 union pension and returning back to Ireland for good. Am I entitled to half of his pension? Entitlement… Read more »

Is Mediation Right for You?

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June 30, 2021
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Given the increasing cost of family law litigation – not to mention the acrimony that accompanies the court process – many Canadians are seeking alternative avenues for resolving parenting and financial issues arising from their separations. Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, is becoming increasingly popular across the country, with mediation as the top choice of… Read more »

Craig O’Brien on Behind the Headlines

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June 24, 2021
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In the latest episode of the Ottawa Business Journal‘s Behind The Headlines podcast, Craig O’Brien explains how rent negotiations can help both commercial tenants and landlords stay afloat amidst challenging economic times brought on by COVID-19:  

Malini Vijaykumar weights in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

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June 17, 2021
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Employment lawyer Malini Vijaykumar was recently interviewed by Global news to weigh in on Maj-Gen. Fortin’s removal as head of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout and his subsequent legal challenge. She discusses Fortin’s application for judicial review, the notion of procedural fairness, and the systemic issue of sexual misconduct in the military. Click here to read… Read more »

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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June 15, 2021
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Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), a time to recognize a global social issue that affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world. Communities around the world use this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being. Lawyers and staff at Nelligan O’Brien Payne wore purple today in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Work-Life Balance: Do you have the Legal Right to Disconnect?

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June 14, 2021
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After over a year of working from home for many Canadians, some experts are calling for the legal right to disconnect. While remote work has allowed many employees to enjoy a more flexible schedule, this shift has proven to be a double-edged sword. Having your workstation at arm’s length makes it difficult to unplug, and… Read more »

A legal timeline of 2SLGBTQ+ Rights in Canada

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June 11, 2021
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2SLGBTQ+ rights have come a long way in Canada. Our Family Law group has created a timeline that revisits key legal decisions and events that have contributed towards progression 2SLGBTQ + rights in our country. While progress has been made, it is still important to recognize that there is a large gap between legislated rights… Read more »

Malini Vijaykumar on CTV News

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June 10, 2021
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As more Canadians become vaccinated, the reality of the return to the office is setting in. Watch as Malini Vijaykumar discusses what employers and employees who are working from home need to consider to have a safe and efficient return to the office.