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    Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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    Friday, December 6th, 2019
    12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
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    Thursday, December 5th, 2019
    8:00 a.m. - 3:35 p.m.
    Hamilton Convention Centre
    (1 Summers Lane, Hamilton)

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    May 14th - May 24th, 2020
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    with Go Ahead Tours 

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Family Law Subcommittee


Kathleen Bingham

COOPER, Jennifer - 2015 

Jennifer Cooper

The Hamilton Law Association's Family Law Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Family Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees.

 2019-2020 Subcommittee Members

Kathleen Bingham, (Chair) Bingham Law 905-297-4767 kathleen@binghamlaw.ca
Jennifer Cooper, (Vice-Chair) Hughes & Bale LLP 905-523-5252 jcooper@hughesbale.ca 
Sean HeeleySzpiech, Ellis, Skibinski, Shipton 905-524-2454 sheeley@sesslaw.ca
James D. Higginson, James D. Higginson Law Office  905-628-6321 jdhigginson@dundaslaw.ca 
Imran Kamal, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton 905-525-2012  imran.kamal@hamiltonccas.on.ca
Amy Katz, Amy Katz & Associates, Professional Corporation 905-522-0488 amylpkatz@gmail.com
James Mountford, Ross & McBride LLP 905-526-9800 jmountford@rossmcbride.com
Michaela Newman, Hughes & Bale LLP 905-523-5252 mnewman@hughesbale.ca
Vicky Ringuette, Vicky M. Ringuette 905-297-4768 vicky@vmringuette.ca
Renee Roy 905-572-9999 rroy@roylawoffices.com
Whitney Smith, Vandeputte Law Professional Corporation 905-628-0101 whitney@vandeputtelawpc.ca
James Wood,
Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
905-522-1121 jwood@hamiltoncas.com

To speak to an HLA staff person regarding the Family Law Subcommittee, please contact:
Rachel Anderson, Library Assistant & Membership Coordinator
tel: 905-522-1563, email: randerson@hamiltonlaw.on.ca 

HLA Family Law Events


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Embryos as Property - June 2019 PDF1.56 MB14 Jun, 2019 Download
Family Law Update - April 2019 PDF1.61 MB25 Apr, 2019 Download
Family Law News - December 2018 PDF1.45 MB11 Dec, 2018 Download
Family Law News - October 2018 PDF1.47 MB19 Oct, 2018 Download
Bill -C78 - August 2018 PDF1.38 MB21 Sep, 2018 Download
It's Time to Raise the Bar, Hamilton - December 2017 PDF7.02 MB18 Dec, 2017 Download
2015 Justice Patricia Wallace Community Service Award Nomination Form PDF91.99 KB15 Oct, 2014 Download
"Unsupportive" in Quebec PDF930.78 KB28 Mar, 2013 Download

Family Claims Online Service

Mar 01, 2019

The Ministry of the Attorney General has announced that starting February 25, 2019, the Family Claims Online service will expand to enable Ontarians to initiate simple divorce applications online at any time. The existing joint divorce online filing process is also being enhanced to permit property claims on consent.

As well, the Ministry continues to expand the Community Legal Education Ontario’s Guided Pathways to Family Court Forms tool.  In addition to helping users complete the forms required to apply for a simple or joint divorce and file a separation agreement with the court, the tool now leads users through many forms required to apply for corollary relief, including custody, access, support, property division, and a restraining order (with or without a divorce claim).

See the links below to a guide on how to set up a Justice Services Online account, which is required to access the Family Claims Online service: Family Claims Online (www.Ontario.ca/familyclaims ), the Guided Pathways (https://www.cleo.on.ca/en/projects/guided-pathways-family-court-forms), and https://fola.ca/family-law-reforms.

Resources and Practice Aids

Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018
Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018
Notice to Profession: Changes to the Family Law Rules in force April 23, April 30 and July 1, 2018