Here is a list of our latest reported decisions. Decisions are usually only reported where the case is factually or legally significant. Note that many family law and child protection cases are resolved or decided without decisions being reported by the court.
My practice focuses primarily on Child Protection and Family Law. I understand the immense amount of trust it takes to involve a lawyer in one’s family and personal affairs. For this reason, I strive to be open, empathetic, and approachable. I have represented clients from a diverse set of circumstances and understand that no two families are the same. I recognize the importance of crafting flexible, individualized solutions which balance a client’s various priorities and goals – both interpersonal and financial. I can support my clients in collaborative decision-making processes, or act as a fierce advocate and litigator.
Successfully excluded urine screens at temporary hearing and secured return of child to family.See in CanLII
Successfully appealed an access order which resulted in significant increase in access for our client. The Court held that court orders must be consistent with Charter values.
See in CanLII
Successfully argued for the adoption of the hybrid approach in determining habitual residence under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction at the Supreme Court of Canada.See in CanLII
Successfully obtained a cost award for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer.
Successfully represented the child on summary judgment motion brought by the child for custody and access. Successfully had evidence presented by Applicants struck on various grounds.See in CanLII
Successfully represented the children at the Court of Appeal. The Court clarified its jurisdiction and the jurisdiction of the Divisional Court to hear appeals of interlocutory orders.See in CanLII
Successfully defended mother in a 9-day child protection trial where the issue was mother’s ability to protect the children given the father’s previous history of sexual abuse on other children. The case involved expert evidence from two psychiatrists. The Court noted that the children could be protected at the present time with a supervision order while allowing the mother to supervise father’s contact with the children.See in CanLII
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In the past, we have appeared in the following news articles:
Lawyer seeks “reassurance” on Motherisk drug tests
November 5, 2014
Motherisk concerns a “wake up call” for family lawyers
November 18, 2014
Parents with Disabilities: These Moms Live in Fear of Losing Their Kids
May 10, 2015
The Motherisk saga is a symptom of a larger problem in child protection work
March 5, 2018