The Hamilton Law Association's Family Law Subcommittee advises on matters pertaining to Family Law that are relevant to the Board or its Committees.
The committee meets monthly at 12:30 p.m. at the John Sopinka Courthouse - 5th Floor Boardroom. Those interested in joining the committeee are invited to contact the Co-Chairs.
|Kathleen Bingham, Bingham Law
|Jennifer Cooper, Hughes & Bale LLP
|Sean Heeley, Szpiech, Ellis, Skibinski, Shipton
|James D. Higginson, James D. Higginson Law Office
|Imran Kamal, Catholic Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
|Amy Katz, Amy Katz & Associates, Professional Corporation
|Lindsey Mazza, George Street Law Group LLP
|James Mountford, Ross & McBride LLP
|Vicky Ringuette, Vicky M. Ringuette
|Whitney Smith, Vandeputte Law Professional Corporation
|Lina Vyas, Legal Aid Ontario
|Michael Wilson, Wilson Family Law
Children's Aid Society of Hamilton
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Dear Family Law Representatives,
Below is a link to Bill C-78 that was introduced yesterday by the Federal Government and will be of extreme interest to those who practice family law.
The amendments include the following:
· Replacing “custody” and “access” terminology with terminology relating to parenting
· Creating a non-exhaustive list of criteria to help courts determine the “best interests of the child”
· Creating duties for parties and legal advisers to encourage the use of family dispute resolution processes
· Introducing measures to assist courts in addressing family violence
· Establishing a framework for the relocation of a child
· Simplifying certain processes, including those related to family support obligations
· Allowing the release of information to help establish and vary support provisions
· Expanding the release of information to additional provincial family justice government entities
· Permitting garnishment of federal moneys to recover certain family law related expenses
· Extending the binding period of a garnishee summons
Both Divorce Act and FOAEAA
· Implementing the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children, concluded at The Hague on October 19, 1996 (1996 Hague Convention)
· Implementing the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance, concluded at The Hague on November 23, 2007 (2007 Hague Convention)
· Giving priority to family support obligations
· Simplifying processes
These proposals will promote faster, more cost-effective and lasting solutions to family law disputes, meaning less burden on courts and better outcomes for families. On the whole, this bill is about providing Canadians with better tools to address family law disputes with the promotion of the best interests of the child as its core.
We would appreciate if you would forward this email on to your local members who practice family law.
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.