Feb 26

OACPL Response to Canadian Lawyer Magazine

As President of the Toronto Chapter of the Ontario Association of Child Protection Lawyers ("the OACPL"), I was incensed to read the following article "Protecting the Most Vulnerable", which was published in its latest issue. The author has materially misrepresented the purpose of the Ontario Association of Child Protection Lawyers,... read more →
Aug 01
Jul 16

Proud to Welcome Katherine Long to our Firm

I very proud to announce that Katherine Long has joined the firm as a lawyer. Katherine has impeccable academic credentials and experience litigating (and settling) high-conflict family law cases.  Her previous experiences include working at a Bay Street firm practicing in family law, experience at the Office of the Children’s... read more →
Jun 06

Sometimes Court is Necessary in Family Law

Most readers of my blog will know that I believe that family law cases should settle, that we should make use of out of court processes in pursuit of settlement, and that in fact most of the time settlement happens outside of court.  So it might come as a surprise... read more →
Apr 21

OCL vs. Balev: No, the Sky is not Falling

The Supreme Court released its decision in our case, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer vs. Balev today.  I am glad to report that a majority of the Supreme Court adopted our submissions entirely and made significant changes to the interpretation of the concept of “habitual residence” under the Hague... read more →
Feb 27

My Thoughts on the Report of the Motherisk Commission

After 2 years, and the review of more than 1200 cases, the Motherisk Commission came out with its report yesterday.  The Report is required reading for everyone who has any role to play in child welfare - social workers, lawyers, courts, litigants.  It describes a system that is dysfunctional, unfair,... read more →
Jan 01

Reflections on 2017

It's December 31, a good day to take stock of everything that has happened in my professional life this last year.  Looking back, I can say that 2017 was a year of achievements and challenges for me.  Some of the highlights: Supreme Court adventure. - In November, I made my first... read more →
Dec 05

Why Even Approved Kin Caregivers May Need a Lawyer

Consistent with its stated purpose of keeping children with families, the Child and Family Services Act allows for, and in some cases encourages, placement of children with kin caregivers.  When the Society considers a kin caregiver, it will assess that placement using a rigorous set of criteria to ensure that... read more →
Oct 07
Jul 17

Separation Agreements: Why You Need Them

During initial interviews with clients, one of the most common questions I get asked is: “why do I need a separation agreement?”. For many clients, the rationale goes something like this: “My spouse and I are able to communicate despite wanting to separate. We agree to everything between us. We... read more →