Tag Archives: family law

His condition was updated to “alive”

1990: man mysteriously disappears without a trace. 2000: his grieving wife reluctantly has him declared legally dead, and begins collecting his pension. 2010: man reappears, claiming he had amnesia. Now he has commenced legal action to recover the pension: …four … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The end of “custody” and “access”

A survey of Canadian family lawyers shows most opposed to a presumption that children should spend close to equal time with their divorced or separated parents, but overwhelming support for changing the outdated, confrontational terms currently used to describe the … Continue reading

Posted in Family Law | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Family Law | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Child Welfare, Family Law, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Child Support, Family Law | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Family Law, Freedom of Expression | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“17 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Divorce Proceedings”

From family lawyer Sherry Donovan in the Huffington Post.  I agree with all of them, and I’d add an 18th: concentrate on what’s best for the children and yourself, not what might punish your ex. I’ve warned many clients that they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Divorce, Family Law | Tagged , | 1 Comment