How Do I Know When I've Separated From My Spouse?
by Alice Weatherston on October 19, 2016
You may think it should be obvious and people should know when they have separated. However, relationships are complicated, and the timing of when they are formally over can actually be very difficult to pin down. In family law, especially for married spouses who will be equalizing their property, it’s important to have a fixed date, which becomes the date of separation. It has to be one specific day, not the month or year.
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Impacts of the Aging Brain - TV Series
by Paul Taylor-Sussex on October 14, 2016
Our very own Carol Craig will be featured as a guest on the Rogers TV series “Impacts of the Aging Brain”.
The six-part series is hosted by Ann Dobbins, founder of Memory Matters, which is a service for individuals that have been diagnosed with some degree of cognitive change, such as Vascular Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Three Parent Babies - What is the Law?
Our very own Erin Lepine was featured last week on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today, talking about the baby born earlier this year who was the product of a “three-parent” fertility technique.
The Jordanian mother carries genes for Leigh syndrome, a fatal disorder that means babies rarely live longer than two to three years. Embryologists used a process called spindle nuclear transfer, which uses genetic material from three different people, in an attempt to produce an embryo without the genes for the disorder. It is the first time in the world this technique has been used.
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The Financial Repercussions of Grey Divorce
by Carol Craig on October 6, 2016
According to Statistics Canada, “grey divorce” (divorce among older adults) has been rising steadily for several years. With an aging population, it is likely to continue to do so.
Grey divorces are fraught with issues not prevalent when younger couples separate. In fact, divorces can be financially devastating for older adults, who have little or no time to rebuild assets or adjust their retirement planning. Since couples must split their assets and no longer share living costs, some divorcees may have to postpone or re-emerge from retirement. Many will also have to reduce their standard of living to reflect a smaller pool of retirement funds for the future.
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Do Time-limited Travel Consents Lay A Foundation For Child Abduction?
by Erin Kelley on September 30, 2016
In a unanimous decision last week, Balev v Baggott, the Ontario Court of Appeal interpreted legislation on international child abduction and ordered a mother to return her two children to Germany, where the father currently resides.
The Court based its decision on an interpretation of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“Hague Convention”), which is an international treaty that sets out obligations on countries to ensure the quick return of children who have been abducted by one parent and taken to another country. Both Canada and Germany are signatories to this treaty, which has been incorporated into Ontario law under the Children’s Law Reform Act.