Proposed changes to the federal Divorce Act will do away with these often-contentious terms, following the lead of legislation in several provinces: Bill C-78 passed first reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday. It would eliminate terms such as “custody” and “access” and replace them with others such as “parenting orders” and “parenting time.” The bill … Continue reading The end of “custody” and “access”
An Indiana man who left his family, moved across the country and started a new life with a dead man's stolen identity has been ordered to pay almost $2 million in unpaid child support: Linda Iseler said her ex-husband, Richard Hoagland, called her at work on Feb. 10, 1993, to say he was leaving her. … Continue reading Putting the “dead” in “deadbeat”
A Pittsburgh couple are battling in family court over whether their teenaged son should be allowed to play high school football: A father, John Orsini, has gone to court to prevent the youngest of his three sons from playing high school football because, he said, scientific studies have revealed the perils of repeated blows to … Continue reading Football and Family Law
Everyone "knows" half of all American marriages end in divorce, and that was indeed the case in the 1970s and 1980s. But it isn't true today: Despite hand-wringing about the institution of marriage, marriages in this country are stronger today than they have been in a long time. The divorce rate peaked in the 1970s … Continue reading The 50% divorce myth
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 own financial demise through criminal activity, a family court judge recently ruled this month. In Rogers … Continue reading Crime doesn’t pay. Criminals do.
Heavy, dude: Between all the fun characters, the magical nature of the toys, and burning questions like "What is the sex like between Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head?" it's easy to forget that there are human characters in this movie. Namely, the toys' owner, Andy; his little sister, Molly; their mom; and ... wait a … Continue reading Where is Andy’s Dad?
Sociologist Susan L. Brown, in the L.A. Times, examines the reasons for the increasing number of older Americans (and Canadians, if my practice is representative) choosing to end their marriages:Until recently, it would have been fair to say that older people simply did not get divorced. Fewer than 10% of those who got divorced in 1990 … Continue reading The rise of “gray divorce”
No comment: When Feng’s wife gave birth to a girl, he was convinced it could not be his as he believed their daughter would be as beautiful as her mother, so he concluded his wife must have been unfaithful. He insisted she tell him who the father was. When a DNA test proved that the … Continue reading Divorce gets ugly
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 likely to come out much worse at trial than if they accepted a reasonable settlement … Continue reading “17 Common Mistakes To Avoid In Divorce Proceedings”
The Globe and Mail on division of Registered Retirement Savings Plans following the breakdown of a marriage: While family law across Canada calls for a 50-50 split of matrimonial property, couples don’t necessarily need to split each asset right down the middle. And many don’t, says Ms. Linden, choosing instead to allocate certain types of … Continue reading Who gets the RRSPs?