A huge problem without a clear answer: COVID-19 and support obligations

  • July 09, 2020
  • Vanessa Lam

How does the COVID-19 pandemic impact child and spousal support? Well, support is largely based on income but, of course, it depends on the circumstances. COVID-19 reminds us that no one can predict the future. The economy remains in a state of flux. The federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan continues to adapt its financial support programs. This uncertainty complicates support issues, particularly where trust between ex-partners is low and stress is high.

Family Law

Family violence: what the amendments in Bill C-78 teach us

  • April 21, 2020
  • Katherine Batycky

Two of the key objectives of the amendments to the Divorce Act in Bill C-78 – as outlined in the preamble to the bill – are to establish a non-exhaustive list of criteria with respect to the best interests of the child and to assist the courts in addressing family violence.

Family Law

Retroactive child support and D.B.S v S.R.G

  • December 09, 2019
  • Robynne B. Kazina

Family law lawyers are routinely approached by clients seeking a retroactive increase in the amount of child support and those defending such claims.

Family Law

Thoughts on the Drawing of Children’s Affidavits

  • November 15, 2019
  • John-Paul E. Boyd

A number of years ago, I was retained to draft the affidavit of a fourteen-year-old girl for use by her father in an application to vary her parenting schedule.

Family Law