Will You Not Marry Me?

Common law relationships are increasingly becoming the new normal. According to a 2017 General Social Survey, more than 70% of Canadians between the ages of 25 and 64 were either married or in common law relationships. 15% of these Canadians are in common law relationships and, moreover, 39% of married 25 to 64 year olds lived in common law relationships with their current spouse before walking down the aisle. Yet, basic information about [...]

By |2019-10-23T12:38:44-04:00June 26th, 2019|Marriage|Comments Off on Will You Not Marry Me?

Canada Pension Plan Credit Splitting

If you are separating from a spouse (whether married or common law), don’t forget to turn your mind to splitting of Canada Pension Plan credits.   It is a sometimes overlooked issue. Credit splitting may result in you qualifying for benefits or increasing such benefits. If you were in a common law relationship that [...]

By |2019-05-15T14:15:39-04:00May 15th, 2019|Divorce|Comments Off on Canada Pension Plan Credit Splitting

LAO Piloting Independent Legal Advice Authorizations for Mediation

Beginning today, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) is piloting special duty counsel authorizations in Family Law Information Centres to provide mediation clients with independent legal advice (ILA). Clients should contact the Client Service Centre at 1-800-668-8258 to determine eligibility for ILA services. The pilot will be available in this district and 13 other locations. LAO will [...]

By |2017-02-27T19:24:41-05:00February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on LAO Piloting Independent Legal Advice Authorizations for Mediation

Refugee Litigation in Canada

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees recently released a report looking at trends in refugee litigation in Canada. The report examined 740 refugee and Pre-removal Risk Assessment cases litigated before the Federal Court of Canada from 2010-2012. Following are the study’s main findings: 1) in 60% of the cases, the Court upheld the lower [...]

By |2017-02-27T19:21:17-05:00January 27th, 2017|Refugees|Comments Off on Refugee Litigation in Canada

R. v. Mian: A “new issue”

The Supreme Court recently provided new guidance to appellate courts on how to use their discretionary powers to “do justice”, while maintaining impartiality.  In a unanimous decision, R. v. Mian, 2014 SCC 54 [“Mian”],  the Supreme Court pronounced a new test on when appellate courts can raise a “new issue”:  where there is good reason [...]

By |2017-02-23T20:20:10-05:00September 20th, 2016|Supreme Court|1 Comment