Category Archives: Family Law

A Halifax couple’s adoption nightmare

After months of work and thousands of dollars spent, Adam and Pam Webber – a couple of good friends of mine – have had their worst dears confirmed: A Halifax couple says their dreams of adopting a child have been … Continue reading

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The divorced parent’s worst nightmare

A Toronto woman had sole custody of her two children, but she allowed her ex-husband to use them in a trip to Europe.  A few weeks later, she received a phone call from them – from Afghanistan: Zaiba Zaiba has … Continue reading

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Unrecommended legal strategies (I)

It’s bad enough when clients wear old jeans and hoodies to court.  This is just a little bit worse: Heath Campbell is the leader of a pro-Nazi group called Hitler’s Order. He lives in New Jersey, and chose to name … Continue reading

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Book Review – Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders by Rob Tripp

[Originally posted at Canadian Lawyer] “My children did a lot of cruelty toward me.” – Mohammad Shafia, testifying at his trial for murdering his first wife and three daughters His daughters’ “cruelty” manifested itself in several ways: wearing revealing and immodest … Continue reading

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Crime doesn’t pay. Criminals do.

So your income went down after you were convicted of a criminal offence, and now you can’t pay child support?  Too bad: When it comes to paying child support, courts won’t sympathize with parents who are the authors of their … Continue reading

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The unlikely champion of same-sex marriage

Ted Olson, the lawyer arguing in favor of marriage equality before the Supreme Court of the United States – the sixtieth time he’s appeared before America’s highest court –  has the background you’d least expect: Certain law partners no longer call Theodore B. … Continue reading

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Mom of the year

A New York court has ordered a woman to stop posting anything online about her children: There’s not much to “like” about this woman’s Facebook habits. A mean upstate mom who cyber-bullied her emotionally-disturbed 10-year-old son on Facebook by calling … Continue reading

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