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Bill 28: How Does It Change Ontario's Parentage Laws?

by Pam MacEachern and Paul Taylor-Sussex on December 1, 2016

Bill 28: How Does It Change Ontario's Parentage Laws?

Earlier this week the government passed Bill 28, the All Families Are Equal Act. This legislation will be proclaimed in force on January 1, 2017. It amends the Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and 39 other statutes to recognize the multitude of ways that a child can be conceived, and changes the wording in some laws so that gender references are neutral. It aims to acknowledge the diversity of parentage and to end discrimination against non-traditional families.

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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.

Stepping Through Family Law Procedure

by Erin Kelley on November 17, 2016

Stepping Through Family Law Procedure

Do you have a hard time keeping track of all the procedural steps in Family Court?

The truth is, family law procedure (and really, all court procedure) is complicated. As a result, this post is not meant to be a comprehensive overview of all steps in the family court process. Rather, it is meant to give readers a cursory outline of the initial steps in the process when two people need the court’s help to determine the terms of their separation, including things like property division and custody issues.

That said, this process does not apply in every circumstance. If you are only seeking an order for divorce, or you want to vary an existing Court Order or Separation Agreement, the process and forms will differ.

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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.

University of Ottawa Event on Surrogacy

by Paul Taylor-Sussex on November 15, 2016

University of Ottawa Event on Surrogacy

Our very own Pam MacEachern and Erin Lepine will be speaking at a University of Ottawa event called “Reproductive Labour? Reflections on the Law and Policy of Surrogacy”. The event was organized by the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics.

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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.

How Do I Know When I've Separated From My Spouse?

by Alice Weatherston on October 19, 2016

How Do I Know When I've Separated From My Spouse?

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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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.

Impacts of the Aging Brain - TV Series

by Paul Taylor-Sussex on October 14, 2016

Impacts of the Aging Brain - TV Series

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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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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