British Columbia's Family Justice Summit

  • October 22, 2014
  • Suzanne Anton, Q.C.

British Columbia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Suzanne Anton, Q.C., talks about the province’s third annual Justice Summit. The summit, held in May, focused on family law in the province, specifically separation and divorce issues.

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(Re) Introducing the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

  • October 20, 2014
  • John-Paul Boyd

John-Paul Boyd, the executive director of the Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family, takes a moment to (re)introduce an institution he’ll forgive you for not having heard of before. The CRILF is one of Canada’s more venerable research agencies, with a mandate to pursue multidisciplinary research into law and the family.

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Unmarried spouses: The Quebec Court of Appeal takes a stand

  • October 15, 2014
  • Sylvie Schirm

The Quebec Court of Appeal recently handed down a decision that is very important for unmarried spouses who are suing their ex-partner for unjust enrichment, writes Sylvie Schirm in this article, reprinted with permission from Droit Inc.

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Protecting children's rights: It starts with knowing what they are

  • October 12, 2014
  • Donna Martinson, Q.C., Christian Whalen, and Caterina Tempesta

Children have broad legal rights that are often unknown or ignored by legal and other professionals who attempt to do what they, as adults, believe is in a child’s best interests. Lack of education and training about children’s rights in law schools, continuing legal education and judicial programs is just one of the problems.

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Shared parenting is the new norm: Legal professionals agree on the need for reform

  • October 02, 2014
  • Rachel Birnbaum, John-Paul Boyd, Nicholas Bala, and Lorne Bertrand

Joint custody or shared parenting is the most common form of post-separation agreement, according to results of a recent survey of Canadian family lawyers and judges. The survey shows strong professional support for reforming the parenting concepts in the Divorce Act, but clear opposition to a presumption of equal parenting.

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Lawyers as leaders: legal professionalism and access to justice for children

  • April 08, 2014
  • Donna Martinson, Q.C., and Dr. Nancy Bell

Recent reports have underlined the abysmal state of access to justice in Canada – and that goes double for children. The National Action Committee’s Family Law Working Group states that children are usually “unrepresented non-parties”...

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