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Attending Kids' Events: Whose Turn is It?

by Dana Du Perron on September 21, 2016

Attending Kids' Events: Whose Turn is It?

With the first nip of fall in the air and the first week of the new school year behind us, kids are gearing up to start extra-curricular activities and various school events. While many children can’t wait to start hockey or gymnastics, and are eagerly looking forward to the field trip to the museum, for separated parents, navigating what events you can or should attend can be tricky.

The first thing to consider is whether you have a separation agreement or court order that sets out if both parents will attend particular events, or that determines how such matters will be decided. You should follow the terms contained therein. If you do not have such documents to guide you, the general rule is that both parents may attend extra-curricular or school-related events.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Welcome to the team, Erin Kelley!

by Alice Weatherston on September 13, 2016

Welcome to the team, Erin Kelley!

Nelligan O’Brien Payne’s Family Law Group is excited to announce that Erin Kelley has joined the team.  We’re confident that Erin is going to make an excellent addition to the group!

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.


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Donor Sperm: Buyer Beware?

by Erin Lepine and Paul Taylor-Sussex on September 12, 2016

Donor Sperm: Buyer Beware?

Many readers will have heard about the sperm donor in the United States who misrepresented his health and background in order to sell to a sperm bank in Georgia. He claimed that he was healthy, spoke five languages and was in the process of completing a PhD in neuroscience engineering. In reality, he actually suffers from schizophrenia, had dropped out of college, and even had a criminal record, including time spent in jail. Sperm that he donated has been used in 27 different families and been responsible for 36 children, including here in Ottawa. The donor later admitted that he lied to the sperm bank.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Custody And Access: How Much Say Does My Child Get?

by Paula Lester on August 12, 2016

Custody And Access: How Much Say Does My Child Get?

Upon separation, a lot of parents are curious about how much input or control their child has over issues of custody and access. The answer? It depends.

In Ontario, judges decide questions of custody and access based upon the child’s best interests. In order to determine what is in a child’s best interests, judges are required to take into account the views and preferences of children, if they can be reasonably ascertained.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.

Key Considerations When Thinking About Surrogacy

by Dana Du Perron and Erin Lepine on July 7, 2016

Key Considerations When Thinking About Surrogacy

As reproductive science continues to advance, fertility law is fighting to keep up. With Ontario’s announcement that, under its new Fertility Program, eligible Ontarians will receive government funding for fertility treatment, it is anticipated that fertility law will only become increasingly relevant. In the absence of clear and detailed legislation, however, it can be difficult to know one’s rights and obligations. While pulling from existing legislation and legal principles can help to deal with legal issues affecting both the intended parent(s) and the surrogate, there remains a plethora of issues that should be carefully considered before deciding to use or become a surrogate.  Below are a few things you should consider.

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This content is not intended to provide legal advice or opinion as neither can be given without reference to specific events and situations. © 2016 Nelligan O’Brien Payne LLP.